What 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. 

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