autrefois convict

Definition of "autrefois convict"
  1. A plea raised by a defendant stating that they were previously put on trial and found guilty of the same crime being charged
How to use "autrefois convict" in a sentence
  1. The attorney entered a plea of autrefois convict on the ground that his client was already found guilty of the similar charge years ago.
  2. If a person is charged with the same crime twice, they might plead autrefois convict to avoid a second trial.
  3. In case of double jeopardy, one can use an autrefois convict plea to prevent a second prosecution for the same offense.

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