Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii

Q: if you have multiple charges for the same crime, how is the sentence handled

say you have 20 charges of money laundering and the sentence is 5 years, are you serving five years or do you receive 100-year sentence?

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Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Haiku, HI
  • Licensed in Hawaii

A: It depends. Prison sentences can run consecutively, which means they may be ordered at sentencing to run one after the other (your “100 year” scenario) or concurrently, which means they all run together (your “5 year” scenario).

If a sentence of probation is ordered, it is only one term for all counts (typically 4 years for most felonies in the State of Hawai’i). In other words, you cannot be placed on consecutive terms of probation (in Hawai’i, at least).

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