Felony: Any offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

Gross Misdemeanor: Any offense punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $3,000.

Juvenile: Cannot be convicted of a crime, unless prosecuted as an adult. They are instead adjudicated delinquent. If the offense is a misdemeanor, they are adjudicated for a misdemeanor-level offense. If the offense is a felony, they are adjudicated for a felony-level offense, etc. An adult is convicted of an offense. A juvenile is adjudicated delinquent (judged to be delinquent). An adult is sentenced. A juvenile is given a disposition.

Misdemeanor: Any offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.

Petty Misdemeanor: Any offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $300.

Stay of Adjudication: The stay of adjudication is not a conviction. While your probation is going on, it is a pending case, the same as being charged and awaiting trial. Once the probation is over, the case will be dismissed. You will never have been convicted, which is the benefit of this disposition.

Stay of Imposition: Stay of Imposition on Felony offenses is a sentence in which a jail or prison sentence is not pronounced as part of the sentence. You may have to serve a jail term as part of probation but it would not be part of the stayed sentence. If you violate the stay of imposition, you could be re-sentenced under a stay of execution.  However, if you successfully complete probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.

Stay of Execution: A stay of execution is a court order to temporarily suspend the execution of a court judgment or other court order.

Continued for Dismissal: A continuance for dismissal (sometimes known as a continuance without a plea or an agreement to suspend prosecution) is perhaps the best resolution to a criminal case besides outright dismissal or an acquittal. A continuance for dismissal is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor. Should the sentence be completed successfully, the charge would be dismissed at the end of the term.

Supervised Release: A period of supervision for offenders recently released from prison that are residing in the community.


Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Community Corrections
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

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Phone: 763-765-4550
Fax: 763-765-4555
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