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Can you be charged in two different states for a related crime?

Asked on Jul 01st, 2011 on Criminal Law - Pennsylvania
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My friend's husband is charged with theft in in one state. Will he be charged in another state also for possession of stolen property. He is thinking of taking a plea, but is afraid he will be charged in the other state also. Will this happen?
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Answered on Jul 04th, 2013 at 1:39 AM
Each state in which a crime is committed can bring criminal charges. He should seek the advise of an attorney as to what his rights are and possible consequences are.

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Answered on Jul 04th, 2013 at 1:28 AM
Hard to say if he will be charged in both states but it is possible.

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Answered on Jul 04th, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Can you be charged in two different states for a related crime? Yes He is thinking of taking a plea, but is afraid he will be charged in the other state also. Will this happen? Quite possibly.

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Answered on Jul 04th, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Can happen, probably will not happen. the theft occurred in jurisdiction does not control receipt of stolen property in another.

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Answered on Jul 19th, 2011 at 3:39 PM
It depends on whether the stolen items were brought into the other state and he was caught in the other state with these items. Each state can pursue each case depending on the circumstances and facts.

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Answered on Jul 15th, 2011 at 2:49 PM
It is very possible to be charged in more than one jurisdiction for related criminal behavior. Thus, if an individual commits a theft in one state but then is arrested for possession of stolen property in another state, he can be charged for both related offenses. Most states will cooperate in the prosecution but any plea negotiation should seek to package the two charges into one offense so he is not subjected to two convictions with two punishments.

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Answered on Jul 12th, 2011 at 11:29 AM
He could be charged with theft in one state and PSP in the other state.

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Answered on Jul 12th, 2011 at 9:33 AM
It is possible that a person can be accused in two different states for related crimes. IF a person commited one crime in one state and another in another state both states can prosecute him. My suggestion is that you consult with lawyers in both states before accepting any plea bargain or you may later regret it.

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Answered on Jul 12th, 2011 at 9:25 AM
It is possible to be charged in two jurisdictions for different and separate crimes. If one steals and item in state A he can be charged with theft. If the stolen item is transported to state B, he can be charged with possession of stolen property in state B.

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Answered on Jul 11th, 2011 at 3:56 PM
I strongly advise to obtain a lawyer to assist you with this matter. If you need specific legal advice, you should consult privately with an attorney. This answer does not contain specific legal advice. Ultimately, whether the police investigate and whether the prosecutor will issue charges is a matter of their particular policies and whether, in their view, pursuing the matter would be worth the time and expense. Obviously, if a person is already serving a sentence in particular state or if it's a state/federal issue, the other prosecuting authority may be less inclined to spend the considerable amount of money and time involved for a similar result. For example, a notable portion of pending state-related charges tend to get dismissed if a person is looking at more serious federal charges for similar conduct. However, ultimately, it's a matter of local policies and these particular issues are examined on a case-by-case basis.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 4:21 PM
If he is apprehended in another state with items that can be proven to be stolen property then he may face additional charges in a new state. If he has been offered a plea deal, then presumably he will also be required to turn over any stolen property.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 1:48 PM
It could. He should make sure that either he get an attorney for both States or let the attorney in each State know what is happening so they can coordinate efforts.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 1:25 PM
You can be charged with each and every crime committed, in whatever jurisdiction it happened, just not the same crime, since it cant happen in two places at once. A little free advice: exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to anyone except an attorney about the case. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 1:24 PM
He could be charged in two states if he possessed the items in both states. However, it is more likely to that he will only be prosecuted in the state in which he was arrested with the items (or he pawned them or whatever caused him to be arrested.)

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 1:11 PM
He may indeed find himself charged with a crime in two different states. The act of taking property that doesn't belong to you is the crime of theft. The act of knowingly keeping & possessing such property is a separate crime that could be charged in a different state. Thus, the same stolen item(s) can be the subject of separate crimes. For appropriate help tell him to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles criminal matters in different states.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 10:36 AM
It is possible, though unlikely. If you have an attorney discuss your concerns with him.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 10:17 AM
It is possible. The theft could occur in what state and if he goes to another state he could be charged with being in possession of stolen property. He definitely needs to speak to an attorney before he accepts any offers or pleads to anything. If he pleads to the theft in State A, then that can be used against him for the possession of stolen property charge in State B. Seek an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 7:13 AM
Hello - This can happen. Best advice is to have your lawyer work out a deal between states in which one prosecutor agrees not to press charges if there is a plea bargain in other state.

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Answered on Jul 08th, 2011 at 7:12 AM
I would need to know more information to give you a better idea of what may happen. How old is the case? If he has already been charged and has gotten a plea deal then chances are there is no real reason to think he will have another charge in another state. He should talk to his attorney about making that part of his current plea.

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