Coblentz v. State, No. 2D00-2568.

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtALTENBERND, Acting Chief.
Citation775 So.2d 359
Docket NumberNo. 2D00-2568.
Decision Date27 October 2000
PartiesLeander J. COBLENTZ, Jr., Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.

775 So.2d 359

Leander J. COBLENTZ, Jr., Appellant,
STATE of Florida, Appellee

No. 2D00-2568.

District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District.

October 27, 2000.

Rehearing Denied November 27, 2000.

775 So.2d 360
ALTENBERND, Acting Chief Judge

Leander J. Coblentz, Jr., appeals the trial court's order denying his motion to correct an illegal sentence filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.800(a). We affirm without prejudice to Mr. Coblentz's seeking relief through a civil remedy. See Angell v. State, 712 So.2d 1132 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998).

In July 1999, Mr. Coblentz entered a nolo contendere plea to two counts of handling and fondling and one count of indecent exposure. These offenses allegedly occurred in September 1997. Mr. Coblentz received sentences totaling 102.15 months' prison, followed by 1 year of community control and 5 years' probation. He does not contest these sentences.

Apparently, the trial court also declared that Mr. Coblentz was a sexual predator pursuant to section 775.21(4)(c), Florida Statutes (1997). We assume from our record that the trial court made this separate "written finding" at the sentencing hearing. See § 775.21(5)(a)(1), Fla. Stat. (1997). Mr. Coblentz's attorney did not file a direct appeal of this finding.

Candidly, we are uncertain what appellate remedy was available to Mr. Coblentz at that point in time. It would appear that Mr. Coblentz entered into a voluntary plea in the criminal case and that his sentence was lawful. He had no basis for an appeal in his criminal case. See Leonard v. State, 760 So.2d 114, 119 (Fla.2000). This court has held that the sexual predator status is not a portion of the sentence. See Collie v. State, 710 So.2d 1000, 1006 (Fla. 2d DCA), review denied, 722 So.2d 192 (Fla.), and cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1058, 119 S.Ct. 624, 142 L.Ed.2d 563 (1998). It is not clear to us that he had a right to court-appointed counsel to pursue an appeal of this civil finding.

Mr. Coblentz claims that he does not qualify as a sexual predator. His convictions are second-degree felonies. Under section 775.21(4)(c) he would qualify as a sexual predator only if he had a prior conviction for an enumerated crime. He claims that he has no such prior conviction. The State has not disputed his claim in this record.

In Angell, 712 So.2d 1132, this court held that a person in Mr. Coblentz's situation should seek a civil remedy. We suggested that an action for declaratory relief might be the...

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