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3 More Types of Alternative Sentences

Earlier this month, we listed out three types of alternative sentences that offenders may want to consider to avoid jail time. Here are 3 more alternative sentences an offender can complete. Alternative sentences can be made up of a combination of the total six sentences we’re posting about this month. By meeting specified conditions set by the judge or prosecution, offenders could get their charges dropped altogether. Remember, the judge decides whether an alternative sentence will be granted, and their decision will be dependent on:

  • The type of offense
  • The severity of the offense
  • Age of the defendant
  • The defendant’s criminal history
  • The effect of the crime on the victim
  • The defendant’s remorse

If you’re unsure whether an alternative sentence is right for you, reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney to offer you appropriate counseling regarding your case.

Suspended Sentences

A judge can decide whether to issue a suspension on a sentence whether they decide to not hand out a sentence or decide not to carry out the sentence. Suspended sentences are usually handed out to first-time offenders or those who commit less serious crimes. They can also be conditional or unconditional. Unconditional suspended sentences just mean that the sentences come with no strings attached. If the judge grants a conditional suspended sentence, the offender is required to meet the conditions placed on the suspended sentence to avoid punishment. Should the offender not meet the specified conditions, the judge can carry out punishment.


Like suspended sentences, probation is another alternative sentence that can help an offender avoid prison time. Probation allows the release of an offender back into the community but with restricted freedoms. Should the offender break any restrictions placed on them by the court, the court can easily revoke their probation. Statutes determine whether probation can be granted, but it will be up to the judge to decide whether he or she wants to proceed with probation in the first place. Further, probation is typically granted for first-time or low-risk offenders.

Court-Ordered Community Service

Usually used to reduce fines or incarceration time, a judge can rule for criminal offenders to work on behalf of their community. Should the judge believe that time spent helping the community is better than time spent incarcerated, court-ordered community service can help keep offenders out of jail and reduce the cost on the state keeping the offender incarcerated. Community service can further keep offenders out of further trouble.

If you’re considering an alternative sentence over jail time, contact an attorney today. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, LLP. can advise you on the options best suited for your case and protect your rights in court.


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