Occasionally when a person is charged with a crime, the judge decides that the sentence should be a suspended one. This means that the person convicted will not have to serve his or her sentence straight away, but should instead serve jail time a few years or months down the line or not at all.
When are suspended sentences used?
Suspended sentences are generally only used when the person was not or has not been involved in a violent crime. Therefore, it is believed that the person in question does not serve as a danger to the public by being in society. If a person has been involved in a minor, nonviolent drug crime, then it is possible that he or she may be eligible for a suspended sentence.
Can a suspended sentence be dropped?
Some sentences are unconditional, which means that there is no way that they can ever be avoided. They are simply sentences that are allowed to take place later in a person's life, perhaps due to circumstances such as he or she having a young child that depends on him or her.
However, some sentences are conditional, meaning that they may not take place at all if a person keeps out of trouble and obeys the terms. They might be required to enroll in a substance abuse rehabilitation program or avoid committing any other crimes.
It is possible under some circumstances for a person to receive a suspended conditional or unconditional sentence in relation to a nonviolent drug charge. It is important to conduct adequate research into the specifics of your drug charge so that you can understand more about your rights.
Source: Findlaw, "Suspended Sentences," accessed Nov. 09, 2017