Extended Sentence Law and Legal Definition

Extended sentence is a sentence lengthier than the maximum sentence prescribed for a particular offence under certain circumstances on persistent offenders. Under the extended sentence statute, the trial court may impose an extended sentence if two requirements are met. First, the state must establish that one of seven aggravating factors exists. Second, notice of the possible application of the extended sentence statute must be given the defendant prior to the commencement of trial. The power to impose extended sentences was abolished by the Criminal Justice Act 1991.