Double Jeopardy

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Double Jeopardy

Meaning of Double Jeopardy

A rule of law that a person shall not be convicted of the same offense more than once. where there has been a final verdict either of acquittal or conviction on an adequate indictment , the defendant cannot be a second time placed in jeopardy for the same offense. See Greathouse v state , 249 A.2d 207, 5 Md. App. 675. However, there is no double jepardy where a defendant is charged with a different offense even though arising out of the same act. See State v Laporte, 365 P.2d 24, 58 Wash.2d 816. The federal constitution prohibits placing a person in double jeopardy. See Appendix 1.

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Double Jeopardy in Historical Law

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Double Jeopardy in the law of the United States

Double Jeopardy: Related U.S. Resources

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Charge (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Prosecutorial Function (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia).

Meaning of Double Jeopardy in Spanish

Description/ translation of double jeopardy into Spanish: cosa juzgada[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where double jeopardy belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Double Jeopardy published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Adversary System; Appeal; Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Aspects; Trial, Criminal.


  • Related Case Law

    Ashe v. Swenson, 397 U.S. 436 (1970).

    Bartkus v. Illinois, 359 U.S. 121 (1959).

    Benton v. Maryland, 395 U.S. 784 (1969).

    Blockburger v. United States, 284 U.S. 299 (1932).

    Brown v. Ohio, 432 U.S. 161 (1977).

    Gore v. United States, 357 U.S. 386 (1958).

    Grady v. Corbin, 495 U.S. 508 (1990).

    Houston v. Moore, 5 Wheat. 1 (1820).

    In re Nielsen, 131 U.S. 176 (1889).

    Missouri v. Hunter, 459 U.S. 359 (1983).

    Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319 (1937).

    United States v. Dixon, 509 U.S. 688 (1993).

    United States v. Perez, 22 U.S. 579 (1824).

    Further Reading

    Amar, Akil Reed. “Double Jeopardy Law Made Simple.” Yale Law Journal 106 (April 1997): 1807-1848.

    Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765), vol. 4. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

    Cassell, Paul G. “The Rodney King Trial and the Double Jeopardy Clause: Some Observations on Original Meaning and the ACLU’s Schizophrenic Views of the Dual Sovereignty Doctrine.” UCLA Law Review 41 (February 1994): 693-720.

    Friedland, Martin L. Double Jeopardy. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1969.

    Guerra, Sandra. “The Myth of Dual Sovereignty: Multijurisdictional Drug Law Enforcement and Double Jeopardy.” North Carolina Law Review 73 (March 1995): 1159-1210.

    Herman, Susan N. “Double Jeopardy All Over Again: Dual Sovereignty, Rodney King, and the ACLU.” UCLA Law Review 41 (February 1994): 609-647.

    King, Nancy J. “Portioning Punishment: Constitutional Limits on Successive and Excessive Penalties.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 144 (November 1995): 101-196.

    Kirchheimer, Otto. “The Act, the Offense and Double Jeopardy.” Yale Law Journal 58 (March 1949): 513-544.

    Moore, Michael S. Act and Crime. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1993.

    Poulin, Anne Bowen. “Collateral Estoppel in Criminal Cases: Reuse of Evidence after Acquittal.” University of Cincinnati Law Review 58, no. 1 (1989): 1-57.

    . “Double Jeopardy: Grady and Dowling Stir the Muddy Waters.” Rutgers Law Review 43 (summer 1991): 889-931.

    Rudstein, David S. “Double Jeopardy and the Fraudulently-Obtained Acquittal.” Missouri Law Review 60 (summer 1995): 607-651.

    More Further Reading

    Schulhofer, Stephen J. “Jeopardy and Mistrials.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 125 ( January 1977): 449-539.

    Sigler, Jay A. Double Jeopardy: The Development of a Legal and Social Policy. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1969.

    Shellenberger, James A., and Strazzella, James A. “The Lesser-Included Offense Doctrine and the Constitution: The Development of Due Process and Double Jeopardy Remedies.” Marquette Law Review 79 (fall 1995): 1-193.

    Strazzella, James A. “The Relationship of Double Jeopardy to Prosecution Appeals.” Notre Dame Law Review 73 (November 1997): 1-30.

    Thomas, George C., III. “Sentencing Problems Under the Multiple Punishment Doctrine.” Villanova Law Review 31 (September 1986): 1351-1428.

    . Double Jeopardy: The History, the Law. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

    “Twice in Jeopardy.” Yale Law Journal 75 (December 1965): 262-321.

    Westen, Peter. “The Three Faces of Double Jeopardy: Reflections on Government Appeals of Criminal Sentences.” Michigan Law Review 78 (June 1980): 1001-1065.

    Westen, Peter, and Drubel, Richard. “Toward a General Theory of Double Jeopardy.” Supreme Court Review (1978): 81-169.

    Double jeopardy in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of double jeopardy.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Policeman
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    Meaning of Double Jeopardy in the U.S. Legal System

    Definition of Double Jeopardy published by the National Association for Court Management: Putting a person on trial more than once for the same crime. It is forbidden by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Double Jeopardy (Criminal Judicial Process)

    Double Jeopardy

    Double Jeopardy


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