suspended sentence
suspended sentence see sentence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

suspended sentence
n.
A sentence for a criminal offense that is postponed indefinitely unless the convicted person commits another crime within a specified period.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


suspended sentence
a sentence of imprisonment that is not put into effect but held over the convicted person on condition he behaves. If he does not, the sentence takes effect. For Scotland, See deferred sentence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


suspended sentence
A criminal sentence that is not enforced unless the defendant fails to meet conditions imposed by the judge (such as a requirement to make restitution to victims or perform certain services) or commits another crime.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


suspended sentence
A sentence given after the formal conviction of a crime that the convicted person is not required to serve.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


suspended sentence
A sentence given after the formal conviction of a crime that the convicted person is not required to serve.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

suspended sentence
n.
   in criminal law, a penalty applied by a judge to a defendant convicted of a crime which the judge provides will not be enforced (is suspended) if the defendant performs certain services, makes restitution to persons harmed, stays out of trouble or meets other conditions. Should the sentenced party fail to follow these requirements, then the suspended sentence may be enforced.
   See also: sentence

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • suspended sentence — suspended sentences N COUNT If a criminal is given a suspended sentence, they are given a prison sentence which they have to serve if they commit another crime within a specified period of time. John was given a four month suspended sentence …   English dictionary

  • Suspended sentence — A suspended sentence is a legal construct. Unless a minimum punishment is prescribed by law, the court has the power to suspend the passing of sentence (generally for a period of three years) and place the offender on probation. It is the passing …   Wikipedia

  • suspended sentence — UK [səˌspendɪd ˈsentəns] / US [səˌspendəd ˈsentəns] noun [countable] Word forms suspended sentence : singular suspended sentence plural suspended sentences legal time that someone will have to spend in prison only if they commit another crime… …   English dictionary

  • suspended sentence — A conviction of a crime followed by a sentence that is given formally, but not actually served. A suspended sentence in criminal law means in effect that defendant is not required at the time sentence is imposed to serve the sentence. Richards v …   Black's law dictionary

  • suspended sentence — sus.pended sentence n a punishment given by a court in which a criminal is told they will be sent to prison if they do anything else illegal within the time mentioned ▪ a two year suspended sentence …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspended sentence — noun (C) a punishment given by a court in which the criminal will only go to prison if they do something else illegal within a particular period of time: a two year suspended sentence …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspended sentence — See suspension of sentence …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • suspended sentence — sus|pend|ed sen|tence [ sə,spendəd sentəns ] noun count LEGAL time that someone will have to spend in prison only if they commit another crime within a fixed period …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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