Sometimes Defendants have more than one case pending. If the Defendant decides to plead guilty to all of the cases it is important to know whether the cases will run concurrent or consecutively.
If multiple cases are plead guilty to and the cases run concurrent that means that the person will be completing the punishment for all cases at the same time. For example, if the person has 3 cases and on case No.1 receives 2 years, on case No. 2 receives 1 year, and on case No.3 receives 6 months, the most time that this person will receive is a total of 2 years.
On the other hand if the sentences run consecutively each sentence has to be completed or satisfied before time for the next case starts. So, in the above example the person would have to complete the 2 year sentence, then start the 1 year sentence and then start the 6 month sentence for a total of 3 years and 6 months.
So, as you can see it is very important to try to get the sentences to run concurrently whenever possible.