Usually, when a client is offered a plea deal that involves probation, I hear the same question: What is an SIS? Simply put, an SIS boils down to probation without a conviction. SIS stands for Suspended Imposition of Sentence. By accepting the Prosecutor's plea deal, you must enter a plea of guilty on the record. This means you are waiving your right to a trial and admitting your guilt. In exchange, the Prosecutor will recommend to the Judge that rather than impose a sentence on you, the Judge should suspend the imposition and place you on probation for a period of months or years and usually subject to specific terms and conditions.
How long the term of your probation is will depend on the offense with which you have been charged. Important to note is that you will only be able to avoid a conviction on your record if you successfully complete your term of probation. Any violations could result in the Judge imposing a sentence and sending you to jail or ordering you to pay a fine, or a combination of the two. Alternatively, the Judge could extend the term of your probation, add conditions to your probation, or convert it into an SES.