304.3Sentencing Issues

Multiple Convictions
Last Updated: 12/01/23

Key Concepts

  • Subject to statutory restrictions for certain types of offenses (such as DWI) and total sentence length, when a defendant is convicted of more than one offense at the same time, the court generally has three options for imposing the sentences:
  • Consolidated – impose one sentence for all offenses, based on the most serious offense;
  • Concurrent – impose a separate sentence for each offense, to be served simultaneously; or
  • Consecutive – impose a separate sentence for each offense, and each sentence begins at the expiration of the preceding sentence.
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