What does concurrent mean?

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  1. Cynthia Russell Henley

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    Answered . At the same time. So, if a person is serving two sentences concurrently, it means the person is getting credit on both of them for each day the person is in custody. (Or it means getting credit for jail time and fines / fees at the same time.)

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  2. Bart Charles Craytor

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    Answered . At the same time. For example someone has two pending charges that are resolved by sentences of one year each count concurrent, means that the sentences will be done in one year. If the sentences were consecutive then the sentences would take two years to be served.

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  3. Macy Michelle Jaggers


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    Answered . If a person is serving two sentences concurrently, that means at the same time. So if a person gets 3 years on a robbery and 3 years on a theft, they would only serve one 3-year sentence if the sentences were run concurrently. The opposite would be if the sentences were run consecutively--then they would be serving two back-to-back 3-year sentences, which means 6 years.

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  4. Sallye Ann Wilton

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    Answered . Cuncurrent sentences occur when a criminal defendant is convicted of two or more crimes, a judge/jury sentences him/her to a certain period of time for each crime. Once the defendant has been convicted, the judge has the decision to assign his or her penalties concurrently or consecutively.

    For example, let's say that Joe is on trial for assault, robbery and possession of controlled substances. He is convicted for all three, and during the sentencing hearing, he is given three years incarceration for assault, four years for robbery and one year for possession of controlled substances.

    If the judge were to decide that Joe should serve his sentences concurrently, he would serve each of his penalties at the same time. Since the largest penalty was for robbery, he would serve a total of four years in prison.

    However, if the judge were to give consecutive sentences, Joe would serve a total of eight years in prison: three for assault, four for robbery and one for possession.

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