Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Consecutive Sentences Definition:

Sentences which run one after the other.

In Wilkinson, Justice Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals remarked;

"Concurrent sentences all share the same clock: the defendant serves only the longest sentence as less serious ones tick away alongside it.

"Consecutive sentences run separately and result in longer time in prison."

Consecutive sentences may remain distinct. Consider this from State v Keene:

"Consecutive sentences are separate punishments for different offenses and two sentences do not become a single sentence by virtue of their running consecutively."


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