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What is the average sentence for a first offense robbery?

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As of 2015, federal sentencing guidelines define a robbery of less than $10,000 by someone without any prior offenses as a level 20 offense, which has a minimum sentence of 33 months, according to the United States Sentencing Commission. The offense level increases as the amount stolen increases.

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Other aggravating factors, such as use of a deadly weapon or committing bodily injury during the robbery, can also increase the offense level and the minimum sentence. Federal judges are not bound by the guidelines, but they must provide justification, such as mitigating circumstances, for any sentence more lenient than the guidelines, notes Nolo.

Sentencing guidelines in state courts vary from state to state, and not all states have guidelines, notes LegalMatch.

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