Sentencing guidelines; appeals. (HB1312)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sentencing guidelines; appeals. Allows a court's departure from the discretionary sentencing guidelines to be reviewable on appeal, provided that the court failed to file the required written explanation of such departure and 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


01/10/2018Presented and ordered printed 18103966D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 1-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice