County Criminal Court: CRIMINAL LAW Ė Sentencing -Requiring defendant to relinquish driverís license as a condition of her release pursuant to Fla. R.Crim.P. 3.212(d) because she was found incompetent to stand trial is appropriate. Petition for Writ of Certiorari denied. Hammonds v. State, No. CRC 06-45 APANO, (Fla. 6th Cir. App.Ct. January 10, 2007).

 

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY

 

 

 

STACY HAMMONDS

 

††††††††††† Petitioner,

 

Case No. CRC 06-45 APANO

UCN522006AP000045XXXXCR

v.

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

 

††††††††††† Respondent.

_____________________________/

 

Opinion filed ____________________.

 

Petition for writ of certiorari

seeking review of a decision

of the Pinellas County Court

County Judge John Carassas

 

Ari Weisberg, Esq.

Assistant Public Defender

 

Jason Thomas, Esq.

Assistant State Attorney

 

ORDER AND OPINION

 

 

††††††††††† THIS MATTER is before the Court on the defendant, Stacy Hammondís, Petition for Writ of Certiorari. After reviewing the briefs and record, this Court denies the Petition.

††††††††††† The defendant was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license (ďDWLSRĒ). Instead of facing the charges, however, the defendant was found to be incompetent to stand trial. As part of its finding, the trial court required the defendant to surrender her driverís license. Defense counsel argues that this was improper.

††††††††††† It was not improper for the trial court to impose as a condition of her release that the defendant surrender her driverís license. The record reveals that the defendant was charged with both DUI and DWLSR, and had just been found mentally incompetent to stand trial. The trial courtís action in requiring the defendant to surrender her driverís license was abundantly sensible.

Defense counsel contends that the trial court lacked specific statutory authority to order the surrender of the defendantís driverís license. Fla.R.Crim. P. 3.212(d), however, provides the legal authority. That rule provides that: ďIf the court decides that a defendant is not mentally competent to proceed but does not meet the criteria for commitment, the defendant may be released on appropriate release conditions for a period not to exceed 1 year.Ē Nothing in the rule prohibits a trial court from requiring the surrender of a defendantís driverís license as a condition of release under the appropriate circumstances. Under the facts of this case, the surrender of the defendantís driverís license was an appropriate condition of her release. This Court notes that the defendant refused to take a breath test at the time of arrest, thereby forfeiting for a year what, if any, driving privilege she had.

††††††††††† Although the trial court cited statutes that do not appear to be on point with the facts of this case, the trial courtís decision, nonetheless, is proper. See e.g., Dade County School Bd. v. Radio Station WQBA, 731 So.2d 638 (Fla. 1999). The Petition is denied.

††††††††††† IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied.

††††††††††† DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida this _____ day of January, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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cc:††††††† State Attorney

 

††††††††††† Public Defender

 

††††††††††† Judge Carassas