MA Split Sentence


A split sentence is a type of disposition in Massachusetts that confuses most people.  Similar to suspended sentences, split sentences are usually only available for house of correction sentences.  A split sentence will require you to serve a period of time in jail prior to being placed on probation.  The remaining time will be suspended for the term of probation.

For example, if you plead out to a split sentence to an assault and battery case it could look something like this.  Guilty 1 year house of corrections time, 6 months to serve, balance suspended for 2 years.  That plea would essentially mean that you must serve 6 months in jail.  Then you will be placed on probation for 2 years.  If you violate the terms of probation during those two years you could be sentenced to an additional 6 months.

Split sentences make sense in some cases, but split sentences can be confusing.  It is important that you know the potential penalties are prior to pleading out to a case.

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Attorney Jason Chan

267 North Beacon Street, Suite 3
Boston MA 01235

Phone: 781-343-1DUI (781-343-1384)
Fax: 617-226-7986

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