If you are facing criminal charges in California, you might be studying the various types of punishment you could face. As you do, you will see references to various types of sentences, including consecutive sentences and concurrent sentences. Keep reading to get the facts about the difference between these two and learn how Law Office of Michael L. Fell can help you fight the charges you are facing. Then call us at (949) 585-9055 for a free legal consultation.
Understanding the Difference Between the Two
First, let us define the differences between consecutive and concurrent sentences. These apply when a person has been found guilty of more than one charge and is therefore facing at least two terms of imprisonment. A consecutive sentence involves a defendant serving one prison sentence and then serving the next prison sentence immediately afterward.
On the other hand, a concurrent sentence refers to several terms being served at the same time. Once the longest of the terms is served, the defendant is released from prison. To serve the least amount of time, a person facing several sentences would want to work to have them served concurrently and not consecutively.
Judges Decide How to Sentence Based on Several Factors
It is up to the judge to determine if a charge is served concurrently or consecutively. They will look at the specifics of the charges, the criminal history of the defendant, the need to protect the public from the said defendant, sentencing guidelines, and victim restitution. For example, a person found guilty of two non-violent theft crimes would be much more likely to be sentenced to concurrent sentences than a person convicted of murder.
Your Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help During Your Sentencing Hearing
You need a criminal defense attorney for many reasons, but even if you are pleading guilty, you want an attorney on your side to fight for you during your sentencing hearing. We can work to show the judge that your sentences should be served at the same time and not consecutively. We have many years of experiencing creating strong arguments for more lenient sentencing options.
Call Today to Request a Free Legal Consultation
If you are in need of a legal consultation, we strongly advise you to contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055. Your initial consultation will be free of charge. This will give you a chance to find out the basics of your case and determine if we are the right firm for your needs.