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Texas Sentencing Guidelines

Teacher: Jon Wilcox
a period of confinement to either jail or prison
a short amount of incarceration in addition to a period of probation
a fixed sentence without a maximum or minimum
the longest amount of time that can be given for an offense
fine not to exceed $500
monetary amounts paid to the court in lieu of confinement
a period of time to serve “not less than” and “not to exceed” a range of punishment
sentence is postponed until a later date
offenders report to jail only for a weekend or other designated time
fine not to exceed $4,000 and up to 1 year in jail, or both
the charges are dropped after the person completes a condition such as a treatment program
not less than 180 days or more than 2 years, and a $10,000 fine
fine not to exceed $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail, or both
withholding or postponing of the pronouncement or execution of a sentence
a sentence is imposed from a statute that gives no room for discretion. A judge may not suspend it or give probation
runs the same duration as another sentence
the offender is monitored by electronic means and may not leave his or her house except for certain reasons
sentences run one after another
a specific amount of time is given for an offender to serve
required work for a government or nonprofit agency without pay
money paid to the victim for damages and suffering
seizure of personal assets, used in or obtained from illegal activity, by government
offenders report to jail during non-work hours
offenders serve sentences in the community; offenders must abide by the special guidelines
punishment by shaming (example: a judge requires a child molester to put a sign in his front yard stating that he is a sex offender).
life without parole, or death
the convict spends the remainder of his or her natural life in prison