What sentences might I get in my criminal case?
Question & AnswerWhat sentences might I get in my criminal case?
1. Learn about sentences with a criminal record, but no jail time
A can range from no jail time, called a discharge, to having to go to jail. A sentence that doesn’t require you to go to jail is called a .
Discharges are sentences that don’t result in a permanent criminal record. But there will be a temporary record of your discharge. Your record of discharge is automatically removed after 1 or 3 years, depending on the type of discharge. You don’t have to ask to have the record removed.
A discharge is not the same as a conviction. A conviction results in a permanent criminal record. See Step 2.
A discharge can be absolute or conditional.
If you get an :
- you will not be on
- your record of discharge will be kept on file for 1 year
If you get a :
- you will be on probation for up to 3 years
- your record of discharge will be kept on file for 3 years
If you get a conditional discharge, and you don’t follow the terms of your probation, your conditional discharge can be taken back by the court and replaced with a conviction.