Legal Glossary: Double Jeopardy

Double jeopardy is a confusing concept that is often misunderstood. It simply means that you cannot be charged for the same crime twice by the same jurisdiction after an acquittal. The second part is what most people do not understand. If you are charged by the State of California, the federal government can proceed with a federal prosecution, though this is rare. There are also other exceptions that apply in the event of a directed verdict.

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