New York Consolidated Laws, Penal Law - PEN § 65.20 Sentence of unconditional discharge

1. Criteria.  The court may impose a sentence of unconditional discharge in any case where it is authorized to impose a sentence of conditional discharge under section 65.05 if the court is of the opinion that no proper purpose would be served by imposing any condition upon the defendant's release.

When a sentence of unconditional discharge is imposed for a felony, the court shall set forth in the record the reasons for its action.

2. Sentence.  When the court imposes a sentence of unconditional discharge, the defendant shall be released with respect to the conviction for which the sentence is imposed without imprisonment, fine or probation supervision.  A sentence of unconditional discharge is for all purposes a final judgment of conviction.

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