When you go through the legal process and are found guilty of a crime, the law requires that you receive a sentence. The sentence may include various components such as jail time, fines, community service, and probation. The judge has the ability to depart from the applicable sentencing guidelines and order a sentence that is lower. That lower sentence is called a downward departure. A downward departure may be applicable to some types of crimes when there are mitigating factors involved. How do Florida Judges Determine Sentences? Florida utilizes a computerized formula that calculates a score for your particular crime. The Florida Department of Corrections Criminal Punishment Code (CPC) assigns a level and numerical value to a particular crime. The CPC applies to all felonies except capital felonies. When you are convicted of a crime, you will have a number assigned. The numerical value provides the judge with.
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