If a city charged and convicted me on an incident, can county now charge me with criminal charges on the same incident?

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If a city charged and convicted me on an incident, can county now charge me with criminal charges on the same incident?

Asked on July 27, 2013 under Criminal Law, Arizona

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Robert Johnston / Law Office of Robert J. Johnston Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Its possible. But it would have to be different charges. The city and the county cannot both charge you with the exact charges. That would be a form of Double Jepardy. However, if the charges from the city and the charges from the county, are distinctly different, completely separate types of charges, then it can be done. Be very careful with this. Sometimes a city and the county do not communicate and if you end up being charged again, then by all means you must consult with an attorney and verify if what is happening is legal. Actually, you really should have an attorney anyway, regardless of whether this happens or not.

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