Criminal Procedures


What is a suspended sentence?

A suspended sentence is one where the judge suspends the serving of prison time and places the defendant on probation. The defendant who receives a suspended sentence must not engage in conduct that would violate probation or the court may impose the original sentence (that was suspended). Generally, first-time offenders who commit a misdemeanor or a non-violent felony can be eligible for a suspended sentence. Often, defendants will plead guilty in exchange for receiving a suspended sentence recommendation from the prosecution to the judge.


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