Cumulative Sentence Law and Legal Definition

Cumulative sentences means sentences for two or more crimes to run consecutively. Thus, when a criminal defendant has been found guilty of more than one offense, the judge may sentence him/her to prison for successive terms for each crime. For instance, if an accused convicted for five years for burglary and three years for possession of stolen property, the conviction accumulate to eight years. Where as in the case of a concurrent sentence, the lesser term would be merged with the longer, and both the terms would run at the same time.