Sentencing guidelines; appeals. (HB1655)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sentencing guidelines; appeals. Allows a court's failure to file the required written explanation deviating from the discretionary sentencing guidelines to be reviewable on appeal, provided that the sentence imposed exceeded the maximum of the sentencing guidelines range by more than 12 months. The bill provides that the appellate court reviewing the sentence shall (i) determine whether there exists evidence of potential bias by the court that imposed the sentence and (ii) if such evidence is found, review the sentence for abuse of discretion. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103071D
01/05/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/16/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Courts of Justice