Here are the possible criminal penalties you might get. A Court can impose the following in a criminal law case:
- Deferral of sentencing
- Without conviction order
- Adjournment of the charges on undertaking (Good behaviour bond )
- Community Corrections Order
- Suspended prison sentence
- Detention in Youth Residential Centre or Youth training Centre
- Term of imprisonment
After a plea of guilty, or if you are found guilty, the Court then decides on Criminal Penalties. These criminal penalties are the outcome that you will receive from the Judge. Obviously, the worst outcome is a term of imprisonment. At the other end of the scale is a diversion order. If you get a diversion, it will mean that you have no criminal record of any sort. In between there are various orders with the broadest one being the Community Correction Order which gives Magistrates a very wide range of sentencing options. Community Corrections Orders can be tailored to deal with whatever issues of yours need to be addressed. So, for example, a Magistrate might decide to attach a long term counselling condition to the order because they believe that will stop you from re-offending.
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