Criminal FAQ

Can I be prosecuted in a criminal court for the same offense in both state court and federal court?

RESPONSE: Yes. It is not uncommon for dual prosecutions to proceed in both court systems and the law does allow that. For example, should you be arrested for Robbery First degree for robbing a bank in Mobile, the Federal Government would not be precluded from also charging you with bank robbery and both prosecutions to proceed after that. The most common example would be possession of a controlled substance and it is not uncommon for an individual to be charged by state authorities and a subsequent charge by the federal authorities for a similar offense under federal law.

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