18 U.S. Code § 3581. Sentence of imprisonment

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(a)In General.—
A defendant who has been found guilty of an offense may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
(b)Authorized Terms.—The authorized terms of imprisonment are—
for a Class A felony, the duration of the defendant’s life or any period of time;
for a Class B felony, not more than twenty-five years;
for a Class C felony, not more than twelve years;
for a Class D felony, not more than six years;
for a Class E felony, not more than three years;
for a Class A misdemeanor, not more than one year;
for a Class B misdemeanor, not more than six months;
for a Class C misdemeanor, not more than thirty days; and
for an infraction, not more than five days.
(Added Pub. L. 98–473, title II, § 212(a)(2), Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1998.)
Effective Date

Section effective Nov. 1, 1987, and applicable only to offenses committed after the taking effect of this section, see section 235(a)(1) of Pub. L. 98–473, set out as a note under section 3551 of this title.

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