SIS vs SES - What is the Main Difference in Missouri?
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What does it mean for your criminal case?
In a settled criminal case, there have historically been three outcomes:
Guilty plea with jail time
Guilty plea with probation
Diversion - the case is put on hold for a period of time, and if the defendant successfully completes the terms of the diversion, the case is dismissed without a conviction.
SIS is the second outcome, and SES is the third outcome.
SIS, or Suspended Imposition of Sentence
SES, or Suspended Execution of Sentence
In Missouri, the difference between the two sentences occurs when probation is not completed. If the court finds the defendant in violation, then their attorney can argue for continuance, a new term of probation - an SES, or a prison sentence. To simplify, there is still time for Loraine Law Center to negotiate to reduce the severity of the punishment.
With an SES, if the court finds the defendant in violation of the terms of their probation, the previously agreed-upon sentence is then enforced. After the original plea is entered Loraine Law Center's involvement in the case is finished unless we are retained in the future.