2013 GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER TWO - OFFENSE CONDUCT
PART H - OFFENSES INVOLVING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
3. PRIVACY AND EAVESDROPPING
§2H3.3. Obstructing Correspondence
(a) Base Offense Level:
(1) 6; or
(2) if the conduct was theft or destruction of mail, apply §2B1.1 (Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud).
Statutory Provision: 18 U.S.C. § 1702. For additional statutory provision(s), see Appendix A (Statutory Index).
Background: The statutory provision covered by this guideline is sometimes used to prosecute offenses more accurately described as theft or destruction of mail. In such cases, §2B1.1 (Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud) is to be applied.
Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987. Amended effective November 1, 1990 (see Appendix C, amendment 313); November 1, 2001 (see Appendix C, amendment 617).