Fresno, CA asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California

Q: Can I be charged 4 months after my case reads not guilty on all charges?

On 11/30/2016 my file reads not guilty on 4 felony counts. But on 3/13/2017, 1 of the charges I'm forced to take a plea bargin is this legal?

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Joseph Abrams
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Orange, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You present very limited facts here to really know what is going on. But to the extent you were previously found not guilty on a criminal charge after a trial, you cannot again be prosecuted by the same court for the same charge; in other words, you cannot be subjected to "double jeopardy." You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand exactly what you are being charged with, and what possible defenses you might have.

- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, Ca

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