Terms Used In Florida Statutes 921.18

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
The court in its discretion may sentence a defendant convicted of a noncapital felony to the custody of the Department of Corrections for an indeterminate period of 6 months to a maximum period of imprisonment. The maximum sentence may be less than the maximum prescribed by law, but shall not be less than the minimum, if any, prescribed for the offense. After July 1, 1990, the court shall consider sentencing a defendant to serve his or her sentence in a county residential probation center facility as described in s. 951.23 for the county residential probation program as provided in s. 951.231 only if the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony or twice convicted of a misdemeanor and the existing local facility has available capacity. This section shall not apply to sentences imposed under s. 775.084 or any other statute providing for punishment of habitual criminals.