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Florida Statute §316.656: Mandatory Adjudication

According to §316.656(1) of the Florida Statutes, courts within the state of Florida are forbidden from the suspension, deferment or withholding of adjudication of guilt should a defendant be charged with vehicular manslaughter; they are also prohibited from straying from the strict license suspension laws that are laid out by §322.2615. Under §316.656(2)(a), it is also made clear that a trial judge is not allowed to accept a plea of guilty for a lesser crime should the defendant have a BAC over 0.20 percent or more. Per §316.656(2)(b), it is stated that the judge may not reduce the charge should a person be criminally charged with vehicular manslaughter under §316.193(3).

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