concurrent sentence

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concurrent sentence

n. when a criminal defendant is convicted of two or more crimes, a judge sentences him/her to a certain period of time for each crime. Then out of compassion, leniency, plea bargaining, or the fact that the several crimes are interrelated, the judge will rule that the sentences may all be served at the same time, with the longest period controlling.

concurrent sentence

a sentence of imprisonment that runs at the same time as another. Two sentences of three years served concurrently are over in three years. The practice is not completely redundant because one of the sentences maybe restricted or quashed on appeal and then the other remains in force. See CONSECUTIVE SENTENCE.