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conditional sentence


Definition: In Canada, a conditonal sentence is a prison sentence of less than two years that can be served in the community if the following pre-conditions are met:
  • the offence can't be punishable by a minimum sentence

  • the sentence must not be for an offence prosecuted by indictment that carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years or more

  • public safety won't be threatened

  • the sentence must be consistent with the sentencing principles in the Criminal Code, including denunciation and deterrence.

The offender must then meet other conditions, including house arrest or curfew.

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