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What Is Double Jeopardy?

The Double Jeopardy clause guarantee's that a person will not be tried twice for the same crime or offense in the same jurisdiction. Double jeopardy occurs if someone is charged with a crime and found innocent, and then charged with the same crime a second time.

Double Jeopardy Protects against Three Different Types of Abuses

Exceptions to the Double Jeopardy Clause

Examples
If a defendant is tried for a burglary that allegedly occurred at 1234 Green Street on January 1, 2000 and is acquitted, the defendant cannot be tried a second time for the burglary of that same house on the same date.

If the defendant is tried and acquitted for allegedly selling cocaine at 1234 Green Street on January 1, 2000 to Bill, that same defendant can still be tried for allegedly selling cocaine at 1234 Green Street on January 1, 2000 to John. Each time the cocaine is sold is a separate act and a separate offense, and each can be tried without violating the double jeopardy clause.

What Can You Do if You Are Being Charged Twice for the Same Crime?

If you believe that you are being prosecuted twice for the same crime, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 01-20-2014 02:17 PM PST

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