dual sovereignty doctrine
- A principle whereby multiple governing bodies, such as state and federal governments, can charge a person for the same conduct without infringing upon the rule against being tried twice for the same offense, as long as the person's action violates each entity's laws
- Under the dual sovereignty doctrine, if a crime violates both federal and state law, the offender could face prosecution in both federal and state courts.
- The dual sovereignty doctrine enabled the state to press charges on a suspect, even after a federal court had already done so for the same incident.
- She was tried for the same offense at the state level following her federal trial, which was permissible under the dual sovereignty doctrine.