How do suspended sentences work? What does "1-0-2 mean?" There are a few different types of sentence structures a court can impose on a defendant following a conviction: fines, unconditional discharge, conditional discharge, probation, jail or a combination of different types. A court can suspend the execution of a sentence, meaning that the jail term will end or not start until another condition occurs.
Fines and Imprisonment
A court can impose a sentence of fines and/or jail. If the jail sentence is flat (or "straight") time, it will start immediately and will be over when the term of imprisonment is complete.
An unconditional discharge is essentially a warning. There is no jail, fine or period of probation or conditional discharge or any other obligation on the defendant. This is often used in a sentencing package when there are multiple charges and convictions but can stand on its own.
Conditional Discharge and Probation
There are two major types of court-ordered supervision: conditional discharge and probation. In both, the court sets conditions the defendant must follow. Probation is a period of monitoring, by Adult Probation of the Court Support Services Division. For a conditional discharge ("C.D."), the defendant is on his or her own to follow the court's conditions and is not monitored by Probation.