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A brief explanation of double jeopardy

Many aspects of criminal law are set up to protect those accused of crimes from receiving overly harsh or unfair sentences, as well as to protect innocent people from the same. As pointed out by Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, one of these aspects is an often-misunderstood Fifth Amendment clause called double jeopardy, which keeps a person from being prosecuted more than once for the same crime, in most instances.

Jared Fogle's plea deal not taken well by some

One of the options for a North Dakota resident accused of a crime is to plead guilty and hope for a lessened sentence. In many cases, entering a guilty plea may result in less prison time or other penalties that may be more favorable than those a judge might rule if the defendant pled innocent. It is not possible to predict the outcome of a criminal case, which is why it is so important for someone accused of a serious charge, such as a sexual crime, to have efficient representation.

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