Not all crimes are considered equal under the law and each has different penalties that can be imposed to deter someone convicted of the crime from committing it or another crime again. Jail is not always the best way to do this and in many cases, New York is using what is known as alternative sentencing to help rehabilitate convicted criminals instead of strictly penalizing them.
Here’s what you need to understand about alternative sentencing and when it may be available to you.
What Alternative Sentences May Be Available?
There are several types of alternative sentences that can be imposed on a defendant. Sometimes, New York judges will be creative and impose multiple alternative sentences or a new sentence that is designed to specifically fit the crime.
Alternative sentencing may include one or more of the following:
- Probation. If you are sentenced to probation, you will be allowed back into the community under certain restrictions. You’ll need to meet with a probation officer regularly and fulfill any and all criteria mandated by your specific probation orders.
- Service to the community. Some low-level crimes are assigned community service instead of jail time, or it may be added to another alternative sentence.
- Restitution. You may be ordered to pay money to the victim of your crime.
- Fines. You may be ordered to pay money to the court.
- Suspended sentencing. A judge may decide to suspend your sentence either unconditionally, meaning you do not have to do anything more, or conditionally, meaning there are certain stipulations you must meet. If you do not meet these stipulations, the suspension of your sentencing may be lifted.
- Deferred adjudication. Deferred adjudication works similarly to suspended sentencing and probation in that you’ll need to prove to the court you are capable of acting as a law-abiding citizen. The court will monitor your progress and may pursue adjudication if you do not meet the criteria set forth for your sentencing.
How a Skilled Defense Attorney Can Assist You
Scott Cerbin is an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer that has the skill and expertise to provide you with a comprehensive legal defense from the start of your case to sentencing.
Call our office today for your initial consultation at 718-596-1829 to learn more about alternative sentencing or how to increase your chances of receiving an alternative sentence instead of being ordered to go to a county jail or state prison.