2003 Florida Code
TITLE XLVII CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 921 SENTENCE
921.0014 Sentencing guidelines; worksheet computations; scoresheets.
1921.0014 Sentencing guidelines; worksheet computations; scoresheets.--
(1)(a) The sentencing guidelines worksheet is used to compute the subtotal and total sentence points as follows:
FLORIDA SENTENCING GUIDELINES WORKSHEET
Primary Offense + Additional Offenses + Victim Injury =
TOTAL OFFENSE SCORE
PRIOR RECORD SCORE
TOTAL OFFENSE SCORE
TOTAL PRIOR RECORD SCORE
COMMUNITY SANCTION VIOLATION
PRIOR SERIOUS FELONY
PRIOR CAPITAL FELONY
FIREARM OR SEMIAUTOMATIC WEAPON
VIOLENT CAREER CRIMINAL (no)(yes)
VIOLENT HABITUAL OFFENDER (no)(yes)
HABITUAL OFFENDER (no)(yes)
DRUG TRAFFICKER (no)(yes) (x multiplier)
LAW ENF. PROTECT. (no)(yes) (x multiplier)
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT (no)(yes) (x multiplier)
CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER (no)(yes) (x multiplier)
TOTAL SENTENCE POINTS__________
(b) WORKSHEET KEY:
Legal status points are assessed when any form of legal status existed at the time the offender committed an offense before the court for sentencing. Four (4) sentence points are assessed for an offender's legal status.
Community sanction violation points are assessed when a community sanction violation is before the court for sentencing. Six (6) sentence points are assessed for each community sanction violation, and each successive community sanction violation; however, if the community sanction violation includes a new felony conviction before the sentencing court, twelve (12) community sanction violation points are assessed for such violation, and for each successive community sanction violation involving a new felony conviction. Multiple counts of community sanction violations before the sentencing court shall not be a basis for multiplying the assessment of community sanction violation points.
Prior serious felony points: If the offender has a primary offense or any additional offense ranked in level 8, level 9, or level 10, and one or more prior serious felonies, a single assessment of 30 points shall be added. For purposes of this section, a prior serious felony is an offense in the offender's prior record that is ranked in level 8, level 9, or level 10 under s. 921.0012 or s. 921.0013 and for which the offender is serving a sentence of confinement, supervision, or other sanction or for which the offender's date of release from confinement, supervision, or other sanction, whichever is later, is within 3 years before the date the primary offense or any additional offense was committed.
Prior capital felony points: If the offender has one or more prior capital felonies, points shall be added to the subtotal sentence points of the offender equal to twice the number of points the offender receives for the primary offense and any additional offense. A prior capital felony is a capital felony offense for which the offender has been found guilty; or a felony in another jurisdiction which is a capital felony in that jurisdiction, or would be a capital felony if the offense were committed in this state.
Possession of a firearm, semiautomatic firearm, or machine gun: If the offender is convicted of committing or attempting to commit any felony other than those enumerated in s. 775.087(2) while having in his or her possession: a firearm as defined in s. 790.001(6), an additional 18 sentence points are assessed; or if the offender is convicted of committing or attempting to commit any felony other than those enumerated in s. 775.087(3) while having in his or her possession a semiautomatic firearm as defined in s. 775.087(3) or a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001(9), an additional 25 sentence points are assessed.
Drug trafficking: If the primary offense is drug trafficking under s. 893.135, the subtotal sentence points are multiplied, at the discretion of the court, for a level 7 or level 8 offense, by 1.5. The state attorney may move the sentencing court to reduce or suspend the sentence of a person convicted of a level 7 or level 8 offense, if the offender provides substantial assistance as described in s. 893.135(4).
Law enforcement protection: If the primary offense is a violation of the Law Enforcement Protection Act under s. 775.0823(2), the subtotal sentence points are multiplied by 2.5. If the primary offense is a violation of s. 775.0823(3), (4), (5), (6), (7), or (8), the subtotal sentence points are multiplied by 2.0. If the primary offense is a violation of s. 784.07(3) or s. 775.0875(1), or of the Law Enforcement Protection Act under s. 775.0823(9) or (10), the subtotal sentence points are multiplied by 1.5.
Grand theft of a motor vehicle: If the primary offense is grand theft of the third degree involving a motor vehicle and in the offender's prior record, there are three or more grand thefts of the third degree involving a motor vehicle, the subtotal sentence points are multiplied by 1.5.
Domestic violence in the presence of a child: If the offender is convicted of the primary offense and that offense is determined to be a crime of domestic violence as defined in s. 741.28 and to have been committed in the presence of a child who is related by blood or marriage to the victim or perpetrator and who is under the age of 16, the subtotal sentence points are multiplied, at the discretion of the court, by 1.5.
Criminal street gang member: If the offender is convicted of the primary offense and is found to have been a member of a criminal street gang at the time of the commission of the primary offense pursuant to s. 874.04, the subtotal sentence points are multiplied by 1.5.
(2) Recommended sentences:
If the total sentence points are less than or equal to 40, the recommended sentence shall not be a state prison sentence; however, the court, in its discretion, may increase the total sentence points by up to, and including, 15 percent.
If the total sentence points are greater than 40 and less than or equal to 52, the decision to incarcerate in a state prison is left to the discretion of the court.
If the total sentence points are greater than 52, the sentence must be a state prison sentence calculated by total sentence points. A state prison sentence is calculated as follows:
State prison months = total sentence points minus 28.
The recommended sentence length in state prison months may be increased by up to, and including, 25 percent or decreased by up to, and including, 25 percent, at the discretion of the court. The recommended sentence length may not be increased if the total sentence points have been increased for that offense by up to, and including, 15 percent. If a recommended sentence under the guidelines exceeds the maximum sentence otherwise authorized by s. 775.082, the sentence recommended under the guidelines must be imposed absent a departure.
If the total sentence points are equal to or greater than 363, the court may sentence the offender to life imprisonment. An offender sentenced to life imprisonment under this section is not eligible for any form of discretionary early release, except pardon, executive clemency, or conditional medical release under s. 947.149.
(3) A single guidelines scoresheet shall be prepared for each defendant, except that if the defendant is before the court for sentencing for more than one felony and the felonies were committed under more than one version or revision of the guidelines, separate scoresheets must be prepared pursuant to s. 921.001(4)(b). The scoresheet or scoresheets must cover all the defendant's offenses pending before the court for sentencing. Either the office of the state attorney or the Department of Corrections, or both where appropriate, shall prepare the scoresheet or scoresheets, which must be presented to the defense counsel for review for accuracy in all cases unless the judge directs otherwise. The defendant's scoresheet or scoresheets must be approved and signed by the sentencing judge.
(4) The clerk of the circuit court shall transmit a complete, accurate, and legible copy of the guidelines scoresheet utilized in each guidelines sentencing proceeding to the Department of Corrections. Scoresheets must be transmitted no less frequently than monthly, by the first of each month, and may be sent collectively.
(5) A copy of the individual offender's sentencing guidelines scoresheet and any attachments thereto prepared pursuant to Rule 3.701, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, must be attached to the copy of the uniform judgment and sentence form provided to the Department of Corrections.
History.--s. 12, ch. 93-406; s. 6, ch. 95-184; ss. 22, 53, ch. 96-388; s. 9, ch. 97-78; s. 1836, ch. 97-102; ss. 1, 37, ch. 97-194; s. 3, ch. 97-298.
A. Section 1, ch. 97-194, provides that "[s]ections 921.0001, 921.001, 921.0011, 921.0012, 921.0013, 921.0014, 921.0015, 921.0016, and 921.005, Florida Statutes, as amended by this act, are repealed effective October 1, 1998, except that those sections shall remain in effect with respect to any crime committed before October 1, 1998."
B. Section 43, ch. 97-194, provides that "[t]he Division of Statutory Revision of the Joint Legislative Management Committee shall leave the repealed statutory provisions referenced herein in the Florida Statutes for 10 years from October 1, 1998."
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