Cromartie v. State of FloridaAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sale or possession of cocaine within 1000 feet of a church. At issue was whether the trial judge's arbitrary policy of rounding up sentences constituted a due process violation that was fundamental error reviewable on appeal without contemporaneous objection. The court held that the sentence imposed was within the legal guidelines - it was above the minimum required by the scoresheet and below the statutory maximum, but the trial judge's stated policy "improperly extended" defendant's incarceration in an arbitrary manner. Therefore, because this policy of "rounding up" violated defendant's right to due process, the court quashed the decision and remanded with directions that the trial court be directed to enter a sentence at the bottom of the guidelines and consistent with the reasoning expressed.