What Does the Legal Term "stayed and Imposed" Mean?

"Stayed and imposed" means that a criminal court judge imposes a sentence but stays that sentence, meaning that the convict does not immediately serve the sentence. If the convict abides by certain conditions imposed by the judge, the sentence is then be set aside, according to attorney Sydne French.

In the case of an imposed and stayed sentence, the judge often sentences a convict to a jail term, but stays the jail sentence for the period of time that the convict is on probation, according to French. If the probation is later revoked, the jail sentence is then imposed.

According to Maury Beaulier, a convict may be required to meet certain conditions while on probation, which may include paying fines, remaining law-abiding, completing community service and paying restitution. In some jurisdictions, if the crime was a felony and the convict receives an imposed and stayed sentence and completes probation successfully, the felony is reduced to a misdemeanor. This is the case in Minnesota, according Beaulier.

In some jurisdictions, a convict can receive a stay of imposition, which means that no sentence is imposed at the time of conviction. If the convict does not complete probation satisfactorily, he is then sentenced, according to Law Guru.