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What are the sentences that may result in a criminal record?

A fine may also be combined with other sentences. It requires the accused to pay a fine for his actions.

The court could suspend a sentence if there is no minimum punishment prescribed and the circumstances of the accused calls for a lighter or even suspended sentence.

A conditional sentence is usually made when the sentence of imprisonment is less than two years and there is no actual minimum term of imprisonment. Under certain conditions that will be agreed upon, the accused may serve his sentence in the community under, for example, “house arrest” with the ability to continue to work.

There are only certain limited offences in the Criminal Code which qualify for conditional sentences.

An intermittent sentence is chosen usually when the accused person has special needs or requirements such as taking care of a child, where a person cannot finish the sentence on consecutive days. Instead, days of imprisonment are followed with periods in the community.

A custodial sentence has the accused imprisoned either in a provincial institution or a federal institution, depending on the length of the sentence.