Criminal Lawyer: Double Jeopardy Clause in Sexual Offense Charges

Robert Edward Whiteside, a 46-year old man was arrested for suspicion that he was holding a woman from Germany in involuntary servitude in a secret room at a Zebulon warehouse. Originally, Whiteside was charged with one count of sexual servitude of an adult victim. Recently, however, federal authorities have taken over the case and filed new charges against him. Whiteside now faces a federal second-degree sex offense and two counts of assault by strangulation on top of the original state charges.

Some people might think this is an example of “double jeopardy,” or being charged with the same offense twice but any experienced federal criminal lawyer will tell you that this is not the case here since the charges were filed separately at the state and federal levels for the same set of crimes.


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