What do a 15 year to life sentence mean plus a consecutive 17years and consecutive 5years??

Asked almost 2 years ago - Stockton, CA

This case was very mixed up.. I'm currently trying to hire an appeal lawyer to appeal for a re trial...

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Sean Michael Patrick

    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Typically this means that the person will do 15 years plus an additional 17+5 years before they are eligible for parole. There is good time credit but it is very limited in the federal system.

    I am licensed in California, therefore, my answers are based on general prinicpals of law or California law, which... more
  2. Joseph Salvatore Farina

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It means someone is going to do a lot of time. Usually the defendant does the determinate sentence first, then starts the life sentence. So in this case, that means 22 years goes first and after that sentence is completed, the defendant starts the 15 to life sentence.

    The information and legal suggestions made herein do not in any way create an attorney-client relationship. The... more
  3. Raymond George Wigell

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . This is yet another example that what appears to be a relatively simple question is not simple to answer unless ALL the facts and an actual (not a paraphrasing) review of the court record is conducted by an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.

    A determination of sentencing law must be methodically considered.

    A cursory review of what good lawyers do every day will not serve you in this case.

    Consult an experienced federal criminal defense in this and in all cases.

    Of course, every answer is based on the question asked and requires a more complete context. This answer should... more

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

31,075 answers this week

3,460 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

31,075 answers this week

3,460 attorneys answering