703.) Sentencing additions are defined as “an accessory to an existing penal code charge, meant to define the role of the individual charged with said offense, while in the process of committing such an offense.” Sentencing are added onto charges in which a full conviction on statutory definition is not sufficient, but most fits the crime in which an individual is being accused of. The list of sentencing additions and their effects if added to charges are as follows;
- Accomplice - Shall be charged in the same manner, as if they were the original offender of the crime. An Accomplice is someone who was involved with the commission of the crime from start to finish.
- Accessory - Shall be charged with a half reduced sentence on the original charge. An accessory is anyone involved with the crime at any point.
- Conspiracy - Shall be charged with a quarter (25%) reduced sentence on the original charge. Conspiracy is anyone planning to commit such an offense, but does not begin the attempt.
Hate Crime - Shall confer discretion upon the judge to increase the time of imprisonment or mandate racial sensitivity training or mental health counseling, to be governed as follows:
The period of imprisonment may be increased by up to six (6) months per charge.
Mandatory mental health counseling may be prescribed, if there is reason to believe that the criminal act was wholly or partially the result of undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, pertaining to impulsivity or executive dysfunction.
Such sentencing addition shall be used in criminal acts where there is a clear and convincing standard met to suggest that an offender’s bias against a protected category influenced or inspired the targeting of an individual, or a group of individuals, for a criminal act or impacted the severity of damage inflicted upon an individual, or a group of individuals.
All offenses on the Penal Code will have a “sentencing addition,” section providing an answer as to whether a sentencing addition of any kind can be applied.
Sentencing additions round to closest number in terms of the points issued, but does not go lower than 1.