Your sentence or punishment could be any one of the following, or some combination of the following:

  • a fine and court costs; or
  • probation, and/or a suspended sentence (which means going to jail only if you violate the rules of your probation); and/or community service; and/or, if necessary, restitution to the victim; or
  • an active sentence, which means that you are imprisoned for a specific amount of time based on the sentence imposed by the judge.
  • there may be other consequences that are not discussed in court and that are not directly related to a conviction but can impact such things as public housing benefits, driver's license, deportation if you are not a United States citizen, the ability to obtain student loans, etc.

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