Question by  carol (1241)

What is a suspended sentence?

My boyfriend told me he got a suspended sentence but I am not sure he is telling me the truth.


Answer by  funprecious (28)

A suspended sentence is when a judge delays the sentencing of a person after that person has been found guilty. If that person can go through probation and not break the law in a set time by the judge, then the judge may throw out the conviction.


Answer by  dedre (998)

A suspended sentence is where the judge decides to retire a case against the defendant either permenantly or temporarily. Suspended sentences are normally executed for lesser charges.


Answer by  palaeologus (564)

A suspended sentence is like any other criminal sentence of fine or imprisonment except that the duty to pay or serve time is "suspended" (that is, judicially kept from taking effect) because of circumstances warranting leniency, such as the criminal's first offense. The suspension can generally be lifted (punishment placed back into effect) if the offender again violates the law.


Answer by  Balance2 (66)

A suspended sentence is a legal term that means that the court has found your boyfriend guilty of whatever crime was committed, but he does not have to serve an jail time. For example, if the judge gave your boyfriend a 18-month suspended sentence, your boyfriend will be put on probation for 18 months instead of serving in jail.


Answer by  OedipusLex (13)

A 'suspended sentence' is a form of plea bargaining: the defendant pleads guilty to one or more charges; in return, the judge imposes a probationary period. If no other crimes are committed during probation the sentence won't have to be served, but the charges will usually remain on the record.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

Suspended sentence means that you don't actually serve time unless you violate conditions of the conviction. So if he didn't go to jail, this is most likely the case.


Answer by  Chris48 (475)

A judge may hand down a suspended sentence against a defendant in a criminal case. The defendant will have to serve that sentence if he or she violates the terms of his or her probation, which is also part of the sentence.


Answer by  vvas (53)

Suspended imposition means if he follows the order he won't be sentenced. Suspended execution means the court sentenced him if he follows the order he won't serve time.


Answer by  Lillian (87)

After a conviction in a criminal trial and a fine or penalty is ordered by the court, the judge may suspend the sentence. The effect of the suspended sentence is that even though the sentence has been imposed, it will not be enforced.


Answer by  yankboy (12)

After proceeding through the criminal justice system, a defendant ultimately is sentenced by the judge. The judge may then suspend the sentence, thus making it null and void.

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