by Joe Bodiford, Tallahassee Criminal Trial Attorney
Sentencings in Florida criminal courts take into account quite a bit of information. Crimes are assigned levels based on the crime's severity. The levels are assigned a certain amount of points, that increase as the offense severity level increases. That goes for all crimes to be punished at the time of sentencing, as well as prior record crimes.
Florida sentencing guidelines also take into account victim injury and sexual contact, and points are added based on the severity. The guidlelines also have enhancements for circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, such as for violations of probation, crimes committed while on probation, gang-related crimes, crimes against law enforcement, drug trafficking, and crimes committed by violent offenders of special concern.
Below is a copy of the Florida Department of Corrections' Sentencing Guideline Scorecheet Preparation Manual. If has an introduction section that explains the guidelines. You will also find an actual Sentencing Guideline scoresheet, so you can see the complexity of criminal sentencings in Florida.
If you have a question about sentencing in Florida criminal courts, in Tallahassee criminal cases, in Leon County criminal defense cases, call Joe Bodiford at 850-222-4LAW.