If you are accused of crimes in more than one state, there is a chance of landing in front of judges in multiple courtrooms. States can prosecute when a crime is committed within their jurisdiction. Additionally, an individual may face federal charges in another courtroom if the crime constitutes such charges.
However, it is not guaranteed that you will end up in court in two different states. The prosecutor has discretion and may conclude that punishment handed down in another state covers all charges. For instance, it does not make sense to pursue further charges when the accused is facing the death penalty is many cases.
Defendants often argue that they are facing double jeopardy when being charged for the same crime in different states. However, double jeopardy does not apply in this situation, as the defendant is not being charged with the same crime twice in a single jurisdiction.
Managing Charges in Different States
When you are charged with multiple crimes in different states, it can make the job of prosecutors difficult. Each case may depend on the outcome of the other, which means prosecutors must keep up-to-date with all ongoing procedures.
Conflicts in Sentencing
Conflicts in sentencing can play a crucial role in the level of punishment a defendant must face. It is common for the state that passes sentence first to have primary jurisdiction and sentencing priority. However, it is possible for a state to cede priority, which could result in you facing a harsher sentence in another state.
Strong Legal Defense
Any criminal case can become complex but defendants facing charges in multiple states will need strong legal representation. Your future depends on the outcome of proceedings in multiple courtrooms and there is no guarantee of a light sentence.
Richard Grossman Law Attorney can help you build a strong defense. It is also possible to take advantage of the prosecution’s position in one or more states to have charges reduced or dropped. We will use every legal tool at our disposal to fight for the best outcome in your case.
Call the offices of Richard Grossman Law Attorney today for a criminal defense consultation.