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Alternative Sentences

Sentences for a criminal conviction can take many forms, and a conviction doesnt always mean a trip to prison. Alternative sentences can include different combinations of the following: a suspended sentence, probation, fines, restitution, community service and deferred adjudication/pretrial diversion. Judges typically determine whether to impose alternative sentences based on the type and severity of the crime, the age of the defendant, the defendants criminal history, the effect of the crime on the victims, and the defendants remorse. The articles below explore the different types of alternative sentences in more detail.

  • Suspended Sentences - judges can delay prison sentences under certain circumstances.
  • Probation - a person sentenced to probation must satisfy certain conditions during the probationary period.
  • Fines - fines are money paid to the government as punishment for a crime.
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