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Concurrent v. Consecutive Sentencing

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What Does It Mean?


Understanding minimum and maximum penalty ranges for any given charge is critical to determining how to proceed in criminal cases. A knowledgeable lawyer knows this and can help you navigate this confusing but area of the law. A good attorney requires their client to understand the difference in concurrent sentencing versus consecutive sentencing. Before entering a plea, a client must know how long they could receive. To know this, you must first know the difference in consecutive v. concurrent sentencing.

Prior to pleading guilty, a judge must admonish you of the consequences of being found guilty. In other words, the judge must tell you the minimum and maximum penalties allowable under the law. Concurrent sentences are served at the same time. So not matter would many cases are resolved, the length does not grow. Consecutive sentences are served one after another. So if you have more than one sentence, you must complete the first before beginning the second. Consecutive sentencing can be triggered based on the nature of the charges or the timing of your arrest. If you are charged with more than one criminal offense, or in more than one case, it is imperative that you talk to an attorney about the potential penalties you will face.

At Lafata Law, we’ve handled thousands of sentencing hearings. You want an attorney that understands the consequences of a finding of guilty. Do yourself a favor, call the Wheaton criminal defense attorneys at Lafata Law. Contact our attorneys at 630-481-6633 to schedule a free consultation.

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2100 Manchester Rd #C-1720

Wheaton, IL 60187

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