Understanding legal jargon: Concurrent

To help readers who may have trouble with the legal jargon in court stories, Evening Sun reporter Mark Walters will be putting together a terms-you-need-to-know list. Every week, he’ll add a new word to the list, using articles to show how the word is used in a sentence. 

Today’s word

Concurrent: A convicted person serves time concurrently when he or she is sentenced on multiple charges. For instance, say a man was found guilty of three crimes and was sentenced for five years for each crime. If he served these terms concurrently, he would essentially receive credit for 15 years worth of punishment in five years.

While that is an extremely dumbed-down explanation, read this story to have a slightly better intellectual understanding of concurrent as it pertains to court sentencing.

Adams County President Judge Michael George accepted an offer made by Adams County Assistant District Attorney Brian Sinnett for a Gettysburg and/or Littlestown man to serve one to three years in a state correctional facility for each drug possession charge. The sentences were concurrent, meaning they will run at the same time.

Concurrent terms commonly involve probation being served during jail time. Concurrency is frequently established during plea bargaining, something I will likely explain in a later Legal Jargon column. Also stay tuned for consecutive, which is sort of the opposite of concurrent. READ MORE

See the full list of legal jargon here.
Have a piece of legal jargon you want Mark to address? Email him at mwalters@eveningsun.com. 

About Katy Petiford

Katy Petiford is the assistant metro editor at The Evening Sun. She's a journalist, content curator, actor, writer, University of Vermont alum, Harry Potter fan and cupcake enthusiast. Follow her at @kpetiford on Twitter.
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