2015 Guidelines

2015 Guidelines and Commentary

The 2015 Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary are effective for felony crimes committed on or after August 1, 2015. Amendments to the 2015 Guidelines include one new felony offense: wrongful employment at a child care center under Minn. Stat. § 609.816. Notable modifications made by the 2015 Legislature to felony offenses were: fourth-degree assault; engaging or hiring a minor to engage in prostitution; 5th degree criminal sexual conduct; the addition of "ammunition" to certain persons not to possess firearms; and the addition of SNAP benefits to FTCF. For each legislative modification, the Commission decided whether the Guidelines should be amended. The Commission amended its criminal history policy to address the new gross misdemeanor reckless driving offense under Minn. Stat. § 169.13, subd. 1(a). Additionally, the Commission made several non-legislative amendments and technical amendments. See the full list of approved amendments.


2015 Amendments

Amendments to the 2015 Guidelines

The 2015 Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary are effective for felony crimes committed on or after August 1, 2015. Amendments to the 2015 Guidelines include one new felony offense: wrongful employment at a child care center under Minn. Stat. § 609.816. Notable modifications made by the 2015 Legislature to felony offenses were: fourth-degree assault; engaging or hiring a minor to engage in prostitution; 5th degree criminal sexual conduct; the addition of "ammunition" to certain persons not to possess firearms; and the addition of SNAP benefits to FTCF. For each legislative modification, the Commission decided whether the Guidelines should be amended. The Commission amended its criminal history policy to address the new gross misdemeanor reckless driving offense under Minn. Stat. § 169.13, subd. 1(a). Additionally, the Commission made several non-legislative amendments and technical amendments. See the full list of approved amendments.

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