dual sovereignty doctrine

Definition of "dual sovereignty doctrine"
  1. 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
How to use "dual sovereignty doctrine" in a sentence
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. She was tried for the same offense at the state level following her federal trial, which was permissible under the dual sovereignty doctrine.

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