Multiplicity of Criminal Charges

Multiplicity of Criminal Charges

Definition

When a single offense is charged in more than one count. Multiplicitous charges are prohibited because they can result in a defendant being punished more than once for the same offense in violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause, and they may prejudice the jury by suggesting that the defendant has committed more crimes than the evidence supports.

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