§ 303.8. Prior Record Scoremiscellaneous.
(a) Prior convictions and adjudications of delinquency.
(1) A prior conviction means previously convicted as defined in 42 Pa.C.S. § 2154(a)(2). A prior adjudication of delinquency means previously adjudicated delinquent as defined in 42 Pa.C.S. § 2154(a)(2). In order for an offense to be considered in the Prior Record Score, both the commission of and conviction for the previous offense must occur before the commission of the current offense.
(2) When the prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency was committed over a range of dates, the later date shall be used to determine if the prior offense meets the criteria in 303.8(a)(1) and is counted in the prior record score.
(b) Inchoate offenses. Unless otherwise provided in § 303.7 or § 303.15, a prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency for criminal attempt, criminal solicitation or criminal conspiracy is scored under § 303.7 based upon the grade of the inchoate offense.
(c) Ethnic Intimidation. Unless otherwise provided in § 303.7 or § 303.15, a prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency for Ethnic Intimidation is scored under § 303.7 based upon the grade of the Ethnic Intimidation.
(d) Former Pennsylvania offenses.
(1) A prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency under former Pennsylvania law is scored as a conviction for the current equivalent Pennsylvania offense.
(2) When there is no current equivalent Pennsylvania offense, prior convictions or adjudications of delinquency are scored under § 303.7 based on the grade of the offense. When a prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency was for a felony, but the grade of the felony is unknown, it shall be treated as a Felony 3. When a prior conviction was for a misdemeanor, but the grade of the misdemeanor is unknown, it shall be treated as other misdemeanors. When it cannot be determined if the prior conviction was a felony, one point misdemeanors, or other misdemeanors, it shall be treated as other misdemeanors. When a prior conviction is for a crime which has a summary grade, and the grade of the conviction is unknown, the prior conviction shall not be counted in the Prior Record Score.
(e) A prior conviction or adjudication of delinquency for an offense which was misgraded is scored as a conviction for the current equivalent Pennsylvania offense.
(f) Out-of-state, federal or foreign offenses.
(1) An out-of-state, federal or foreign conviction or adjudication of delinquency is scored as a conviction for the current equivalent Pennsylvania offense.
(2) A court-martial for a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice is considered a federal conviction and is scored as a conviction for the current equivalent Pennsylvania offense. Non-judicial punishments or administrative actions (e.g., Article 15, Article 134) which are not convictions shall not be counted in the Prior Record Score.
(3) When there is no current equivalent Pennsylvania offense, determine the current equivalent Pennsylvania grade of the offense based on the maximum sentence permitted, and then apply § 303.8(d)(2).
(g) Excluded offenses, charges and convictions. The following types of offenses, charges and convictions shall not be scored in the Prior Record Score:
(1) Summary offenses, violations of local ordinances, direct or indirect contempt of court, violation of protection from abuse orders, and dispositions under Pa.R.Crim.P. Rules 300320 (relating to accelerated rehabilitative disposition), 35 P.S. § 780-117 (relating to probation without verdict) or 35 P.S. § 780-118 (relating to disposition in lieu of trial or criminal punishment).
(2) A charge which is nolle prossed, dismissed, or on which a demurrer is sustained.
(3) Any prior conviction which contributed to an increase in the grade of a subsequent conviction, except for prior Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance convictions.
The provisions of this § 303.8 amended through March 28, 1986, effective June 5, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 1034; amended December 4, 1987, effective April 25, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 1916; amended May 11, 1991, effective August 9, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3988; amended October 11, 1990, effective for all crimes committed on or after December 20, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 5933; amended February 16, 1994, effective August 12, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 2483; amended March 14, 1997, effective June 13, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 1252; amended February 9, 2005, effective June 3, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 1508; amended September 5, 2008, effective December 5, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 4971; amended September 13, 2012, effective December 28, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 6072; amended June 6, 2013, effective September 27, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 3655; amended June 1, 2017, effective December 1, 2017, applicable to all sentences for offenses committed on or after January 1, 2018, 47 Pa.B. 5141; amended September 25, 2020, effective January 1, 2021, 50 Pa.B. 5341. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (399068) to (399070).
Notes of Decisions
Trial courts use of prior conviction in calculating defendants prior record score did not constitute double counting, a violation of the Sentencing Guidelines; defendants prior conviction of burglary was not an element of charge of persons not to possess, use, control, sell or transfer firearms, but was memely a precondition to charging defendant with violation. Commonwealth v. Keiper, 887 A.2d 317, 321 (Pa. Super. 2005).
The sentencing court abused its discretion by unreasonably deviating from these sentencing guidelines and imposing an unreasonably lenient sentence. Commonwealth v. Childs, 664 A.2d 994 (Pa. Super. 1995); appeal denied 674 A.2d 1066 (Pa. 1996).
This section cited in 204 Pa. Code § 303.2 (relating to procedure for determining the guideline sentence); and 204 Pa. Code § 303.15 (relating to offense listing).
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