2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 53a - Penal Code
Chapter 952 - Penal Code: Offenses
Section 53a-36 - Imprisonment for misdemeanor. Definite sentence. Authorized term.


CT Gen Stat § 53a-36 (2012) What's This?

A sentence of imprisonment for a misdemeanor shall be a definite sentence and, unless the section of the general statutes that defines or provides the penalty for the crime specifically provides otherwise, the term shall be fixed by the court as follows: (1) For a class A misdemeanor, a term not to exceed one year; (2) for a class B misdemeanor, a term not to exceed six months; (3) for a class C misdemeanor, a term not to exceed three months; (4) for a class D misdemeanor, a term not to exceed thirty days; and (5) for an unclassified misdemeanor, a term in accordance with the sentence specified in the section of the general statutes that defines or provides the penalty for the crime.

(1969, P.A. 828, S. 36; 1971, P.A. 871, S. 14; P.A. 77-422, S. 6; P.A. 92-260, S. 16; P.A. 10-36, S. 19; P.A. 12-80, S. 2.)

History: 1971 act added exception re guilt under Sec. 53a-61(a)(3) in Subdiv. (1); P.A. 77-422 expanded exception to include guilt under Sec. 53a-61a; P.A. 92-260 amended Subdiv. (1) to consolidate statutory references and delete redundant language; P.A. 10-36 added “unless the section of the general statutes that defines the crime specifically provides otherwise” re specified terms of imprisonment and deleted in Subdiv. (1) “except that when a person is found guilty under section 53a-61(a)(3) or 53a-61a, the term shall be one year and such sentence shall not be suspended or reduced”, effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 12-80 added provision re section of the general statutes that provides the penalty for the crime, added new Subdiv. (4) re maximum term for class D misdemeanor, redesignated existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5) and amended same to add provision re section of the general statutes that provides the penalty for the crime.

See Sec. 53a-42 re fines for misdemeanors.

Cited. 8 CA 607. Cited. 9 CA 686. Cited. 19 CA 631. Cited. 32 CA 656; judgment reversed in part, see 232 C. 345. Cited. 37 CA 228.

Subdiv. (1):

Cited. 189 C. 114.

Subdiv. (2):

Cited. 184 C. 434.

Subdiv. (3):

Cited. 12 CA 481.

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