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How You Can Be Sent to Court Twice (and What You Can Do About It)

You may have heard the term ‘double-jeopardy.’ It’s based on the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “no person shall be subject for the same offense, or be put twice in jeopardy of life or limb.” However, there are times when you could be forced to appear in court multiple times, surrounding the same crime.

For example, when someone is charged with narcotics distribution, this violates both state and federal law. The concept of double jeopardy would not apply in this case. There are other scenarios where this notion could also be true. That’s why you need a dependable Daytona Beach criminal attorney who can help you navigate this often-trying scenario.

There are some incidents where you could see prolonged legal action. This doesn’t necessarily amount to double jeopardy. For instance, if someone were to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and get into a crash resulting in the death of another individual, that person’s family could sue for wrongful death in civil court. This would be in addition to the criminal charges directly-related to the same driving violation(s).  Rather than attempt to make sense of things on your own (or listen to hearsay and misinformation), it’s best to consult with Daytona Beach lawyers who can provide you with accurate, legal options based on the specifics of your unique case.

If, as in the previous drug case example, two different jurisdictions (state and federal) are involved in trying and sentencing the same case, conflicts can and do arise. This is another area where your attorney can help you avoid confusion and detrimental outcomes.

Being arrested and charged with a crime is a highly-stressful and harrowing experience. You wonder about your immediate future, who will care for your loved ones, and what might become of your property. During this trying time, it’s nice to know that a reliable advocate exists who can help you make sense of the whole thing.

In fact, for more than 36 years we’ve assisted countless Central Florida residents like you in a variety of legal matters. In addition to criminal defense, our firm also specializes in senior divorce, business and corporate law, divorce and family law, and more.

This legal diversification, attention to detail, and commitment to outstanding client service has earned us a solid reputation in Daytona Beach, Florida and throughout Central Florida. Contact us today with all your legal questions, and for representation in your current case.   Our initial consultations for criminal matters are free.