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.
Consecutive: A convicted person could serve time consecutively if he or she is sentenced on multiple charges. For instance, if a man was found guilty of three crimes, he could be sentenced to jail for five years for each crime. If he serves these terms consecutively, he would be in prison for 15 years, because the subsequent term would not start until the prior term ended.
After a Jassen L. Albert crashed his car during a police chase, injuring his children, the Hanover man was sentenced to serve consecutive three- to six-year sentences on aggravated assault charges. READ MORE
Consecutive is essentially the opposite of being sentenced to concurrent terms, which run at the same time. See, Understanding legal jargon: Concurrent.
See the full list of legal jargon here.
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