Answered on Apr 24th, 2011 at 5:23 PM
A deferred sentence, also known as a deferred entry of judgement, is when a court puts continues the sentencing (or punishment) in a criminal case for a designated period of time in order to allow a defendant to perform some negotiated act (ie. drug program, payment of restitution, completion of a class, etc....). If the defendant satisfactorily completes the required act, then the the defendant will not be sentenced and the matter is typically dismissed. If, however, the defendant fails to perform the designated act, then the defendant will be sentenced, thereby resulting in a conviction of the charged offense. The defendant typically would not have the option of asking for a trial because he/she had already pled guilty. All that remained was the sentencing aspect of the case.