What is a Suspended Sentence?


A sentence on conviction for a criminal offence, the serving of which is completed in the community, often with an obligation on the convicted to comply with certain conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions can result in the full sentence being carried out. For example, if someone is convicted and given a prison sentence of six months suspended, and they fail to abide by the conditions set, they may be recalled and sent to prison for six months or have the conditions extended. Suspended sentences are only applicable to more minor offences for which the custodial sentence would be two years or less.


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