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Tampa DUI Sentencing

Many times sentencing of a defendant who pleads guilty or is found guilty takes place at the Pre-trial conference or trial proceeding. The court, upon a finding of guilt, or plea of guilty, may have the option of sentencing the defendant to a period of probation, community control, jail or prison and a monetary fine. Florida uses a sentencing guidelines system in which a sentence is pre-determined based upon the facts of the case and the history of the defendant. The court may impose a sentence above or below the recommended sentence depending upon extenuating circumstances, but is required to set forth, in writing the reasons for departure from the recommended range.

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