The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

Fifth Amendment

What is double jeopardy?

The Fifth Amendment provides that “nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” Double jeopardy means that a person is placed in jeopardy of punishment for a crime twice. It prohibits a second prosecution after a person has been acquitted or convicted. It also prohibits multiple punishments for the same offense. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the double jeopardy clause is designed “to protect an individual from being subjected to the hazards of trial and possible conviction more than once for an alleged offense.”


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