Simple Definition of double jeopardy
law : the act of causing a person to be put on trial two times for the same crime
Full Definition of double jeopardy
1 : the putting of a person on trial for an offense for which he or she has previously been put on trial under a valid charge : two adjudications for one offense
2 : considerable danger or trouble from two sources
Examples of double jeopardy in a sentence
constitutional protections against double jeopardy
First Known Use of double jeopardy
Legal Definition of double jeopardy
: the prosecution of a person for an offense for which he or she has already been prosecuted — — compare merger 3
Additional Notes on double jeopardy
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states that no person shall “be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The double jeopardy clause bars second prosecutions after either acquittal or conviction, and prohibits multiple punishments for the same offense.
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