Suspension of Sentence Law and Legal Definition

Suspension of sentence is the suspension of imposition of sentence after conviction or plea of guilty for determinate and reasonable period. It is the postponement of the judgment of the court temporarily or indefinitely. In a suspension of sentence, the conviction and the disabilities arising therefrom remains and it become operative when judgment is rendered.

The distinction between a reprieve and a suspension of sentence is that reprieve postpones the execution of the sentence to a day certain, whereas a suspension is for an indefinite time. [In re Buchanan, 146 N.Y. 264, 273 (N.Y. 1895)].