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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 11: Punishment by imprisonment only or by fine only when law prescribes both

Section 11. Whoever is convicted of a crime, punishable by fine and imprisonment either in the jail or house of correction, except a person convicted under section thirty G of chapter one hundred and thirty-eight, may at the discretion of the court, be sentenced to be punished by imprisonment only, or by a fine only, if he shows to the satisfaction of the court that he has not before been convicted of a similar crime.