NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF FILED, DISPOSED OF. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA THIRD DISTRICT JANUARY TERM, 2005 LACCE WRIGHT, Appellant, vs. THE STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. ** ** ** ** ** ** Opinion filed January 26, 2004. An Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Manuel Crespo, Judge. Lacce Wright, in proper person. Charles J. Crist, Jr., Attorney General, and Linda S. Katz, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee. LOWER TRIBUNAL NO. 95-14556 CASE NO. 3D04-2789
Before LEVY, C.J., COPE, and GREEN, JJ.
PER CURIAM. We affirm the denial of the defendant’s motion filed
pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.800(a) finding
that his claim of vindictive sentencing cannot be raised in a motion to correct illegal sentence. 2d 726 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004). See Boyd v State, 880 So.
We certify direct conflict with
Johnson v. State, 877 So. 2d 795 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004). Affirmed; direct conflict certified. LEVY, C.J., and GREEN, J., concur.
Wright v. State Case No. 3D04-2789
COPE, J. (concurring). I agree. This court has previously held that a claim of
vindictive sentencing cannot be raised in a motion to correct illegal sentence under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure
3.800(a). Valencia v. State, 645 So. 2d 1085 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994). There are two more recent cases which addressed vindictive sentencing claims which had been brought under Rule 3.800(a), but both are distinguishable. In Ortiz v. State, 884 So. 2d 1086 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004), this court issued an opinion denying a claim of vindictive sentencing which had been brought under Rule 3.800(a). There is no
indication that any procedural objection was raised to the use of Rule 3.800(a) in that case, and the procedural issue was not discussed in the Ortiz opinion. In Smith v. State, 842 So. 2d 1047 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003), this court issued an opinion which granted relief on a vindictive sentencing claim which had been brought under Rule 3.800(a). Again, there is no indication that any procedural objection was raised to the use of Rule 3.800(a) in that case, and the panel opinion did not discuss the procedural issue. A review of this
court’s file in Smith indicates that the Rule 3.800(a) motion
was filed within the two-year time limit for a motion under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850. Since the Rule
3.800(a) motion could have been treated as a timely Rule 3.850 motion, the procedural error had no practical significance in that case. In this case the appellant’s conviction became final on direct appeal in 1998. 3d DCA 1998). See Wright v. State, 710 So. 2d 76 (Fla.
Since under this court’s precedent the motion
cannot be entertained under Rule 3.800(a), and since the motion is time-barred if considered under Rule 3.850, it follows that affirmance is in order here.