How Are Sentences Determined In Florida Criminal Cases?

In determining sentences, 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, which 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 guidelines 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
  • Crimes committed by violent offenders of special concern

Sentences may also be reduced in some cases. An experienced criminal trial attorney can research any potential mitigating circumstances and other ways to reduce your sentence.

Learn About More About Sentencing — And Your Options

Florida sentencing is complicated. If you have a question about sentencing in Florida criminal courts, in Tallahassee criminal cases or in Leon County criminal defense cases, contact Bodiford Law, P.A., at 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients) or online. Our experienced criminal trial attorney can help you understand how Florida criminal courts work and how we can help represent you.