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What Is the Suspended Imposition of a Sentence?

Although many criminal convictions in Florida come with jail or prison time, judges have the discretion to issue alternative measures that can keep many individuals out of custody.

Under Florida sentencing guidelines, courts can offer a suspended imposition of a sentence (SIS). This option allows the accused to meet sentencing requirements by fulfilling any number of conditions imposed by the court. 

Sentencing varies from case to case. Depending on your charges, SIS may be a viable option. 

How SIS Works in Florida

Suspended jail sentences are common in many jurisdictions, including Hillsborough County.

Whenever the court sees fit, it can offer convicted individuals conditions that allow them to avoid jail time. Typically, suspended jail sentences require the successful completion of a set period of probation.

Under Florida statutes, some of the most common probation conditions include:

  • Reporting to a probation officer on a regular schedule
  • Allowing probation officers to visit your home and workplace
  • Remaining within a specific geographical area
  • Abiding by all laws and not incurring additional charges
  • Paying restitution and court fees
  • Submitting to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Not possessing any firearms

In many cases, probation will also require you to complete community service hours. Every sentencing hearing is unique, and depending on your conviction, criminal history, and other factors, courts are free to impose any combination of requirements as part of a suspended jail sentence.

However, not everyone is eligible for an SIS. Because the courts consider a suspended sentence a privilege, you must abide by all the terms. Failure to comply with probation can result in your immediate arrest and land you additional penalties, including jail time.

Defense Attorneys for Suspended Jail Sentences

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in the Tampa area, ask Shrader & Mendez, Attorneys at Law, whether you should seek a suspended imposition of sentence. 

Call our office today at 813-360-1529 for an initial consultation.

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