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Criminal Lawyer: Double Jeopardy Clause in Sexual Offense Charges
Edward Whiteside, a 46-year old man was arrested for suspicion that he was
holding a woman from Germany in involuntary servitude in a secret room at a Zebulon warehouse. Originally, Whiteside was charged
with one count of sexual servitude of an adult victim. Recently, however,
federal authorities have taken over the case and filed new charges against him.
Whiteside now faces a federal second-degree sex offense and two counts of
assault by strangulation on top of the original state charges.
Some people might think this is an example of “double
jeopardy,” or being charged with the same offense twice but any experienced
federal criminal lawyer
will tell you that this is not the case here since the charges were filed
separately at the state and federal levels for the same set of crimes.
Double Jeopardy Clause states that a person cannot be
charged with or punished for the same offense multiple times with the same
court system. There are mainly four prohibitions for the same offense: (1)
multiple punishment, (2) retrial after a conviction, (3) retrial after an
acquittal; (3) and retrial after certain mistrials.
Being tried for the same offenses on both the state and
federal level can put a lot of stress on the defendant. Those who face charges
on both levels should seek legal help from a criminal lawyer in Raleigh who has had experience
in assisting people charged at the federal level. In fact, having the same
legal team working on both sets of charges can be more convenient. This way,
the defendant would not need to consult with two different lawyers to resolve
his case. A single legal team will also be able to keep track of the paperwork
and other important documents better as well as come up with a strong defense
strategy for the client.
Federal charges filed in Zebulon human
Current Federal Laws, Polaris Project