What is an SIS in Missouri?
In Missouri criminal courts, you may hear several different legal terms that you may not understand. One common term that might be the source of confusion is “SIS,” which stands for “suspended imposition of sentence.” In short, a SIS is a common type of probation and disposition of criminal cases in Missouri, generally after a guilty plea. A SIS is different from a suspended execution of sentence (SES), which is a type of probation for more serious felony offenses.
The Basics of an SIS
When a judge agrees to a SIS, they are suspending the issuance of a specific sentence for an offense for a specified period of time. During that time, you will be on probation with certain conditions. If you abide by all conditions and complete your period of probation successfully, the court will close the file, and you will not have a criminal conviction on your record. Many defendants in the St. Louis area agree to plead guilty in exchange for a SIS instead of a jail sentence.
What Happens if You Violate Your Probation?
SIS probation can have many different terms and conditions, which can vary significantly from case to case. Some common conditions may include:
- Check-ins with the court or a supervisor from the Missouri Probation and Parole
- Regular drug tests or alcohol monitoring
- Not going to establishments that serve alcohol
- Staying out of trouble with the law
- Paying all fines and restitution
If you are accused of violating any terms of your probation, the judge may decide to completely revoke your SIS probation. In this case, the judge would have the opportunity to issue any sentence in the possible range for your offense. In this situation, a criminal defense lawyer can argue for lesser penalties than revocation for a probation violation that may allow you to continue with your SIS.
The Benefits of an SIS
The immediate benefit of a SIS is that it allows you to serve probation in the community instead of facing a possible jail sentence. However, there are many lasting benefits, as well. Having a criminal conviction on your record can cause many issues with your employment, housing, education, professional licenses, eligibility for benefits, and more.
If you complete your SIS probation, you will not have a conviction on your record, even if you pled guilty to the offense. On job applications, you can honestly state that you have not been convicted of the crime. In addition, no conviction will show up on background checks by employers, potential landlords, and other parties. It is important to realize that a SIS can still have immigration consequences and other effects on your life, but less than the impact of a criminal conviction.
Contact Our Experienced St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorneys to Discuss Your Case Today
While probation conditions may be strict, a SIS can be worth it to avoid jail time and prevent the long-term consequences of a conviction. At Bruntrager & Billings, P.C., we can seek the best possible outcome in your specific case, including a SIS as part of a plea deal, and help you fully weigh your options. Call 314-646-0066 or contact us online today.