Discretionary Consecutive Prison Sentences

Whenever a judge sentences a person to prison for multiple crimes, the law may require the sentences to run back to back.  When this happens, it is said that the sentences are mandatory-consecutive sentences.  If the law does not require consecutive sentences (in other words the sentences can run at the same time — concurrently), if appropriate, a judge can still choose to make the sentences run one after another under 730 ILCS 5/5-8-4(c).  This is known as a court’s discretionary or permissive authority to impose consecutive sentences.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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