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Can You Receive Multiple Charges for the Same Incident?

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If you have found yourself facing multiple charges for the same incident, you are not alone. It is not uncommon for someone to be charged with multiple offenses from a single event, leading to significant legal consequences. However, the good news is that you do not have to face these charges on your own. An experienced Dayton defense attorney can help defend your rights and navigate the legal system on your behalf. In this blog post, we will discuss allied offenses, what they are, and how hiring an attorney can prove useful to help reduce the impact of these charges.

What is an Allied Offense?

Allied offenses are crimes that occur simultaneously during one event. They are multiple crimes that stem from the same root cause, all sharing similar facts and constituting a single act. In certain circumstances, an allied offense may result in two charges, but only one will be charged.  For example, if you assaulted someone and cause serious physical harm to increase the charge to a felony assault, you could be charged with assault and felony assault.  In this situation, the prosecution would only charge you with one or the other; not both. 

Another example of an allied offense is committing different crimes in the same event. For instance, let’s say that you are charged with robbery, kidnapping, and assault for kidnapping someone and robbing them. If the prosecutor charges you with all crimes, then this is a case of allied offenses. The prosecutor often charges with all crimes simultaneously to ensure that justice is served.

If you are facing multiple charges for the same incident, it is essential to have an attorney who is familiar with defending allied offenses. The right attorney can know what arguments to make, what legal defenses are available, and challenge the prosecution’s strategy to get the best possible outcome. By representing yourself, you may miss out on some key legal strategies that only a seasoned attorney can provide. Therefore, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney who can efficiently navigate the legal system and provide expert counsel.

How an Attorney Can Help

Even though allied offenses cannot be served concurrently, an expert attorney can help you negotiate a lesser sentence. For instance, instead of serving both robbery and kidnap charges, you may plead guilty to only one, leading to reduced charges and penalties. This way, the attorney can ensure that the defendant’s interests are thoroughly represented and that penalties are reduced. By reducing the impact of the charges, an attorney can significantly reduce the risk of adversely affecting a person’s future.

In conclusion, being charged with multiple allied offenses can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. The legal system is complex, and it can be challenging to know how to navigate the legal process on your own. However, with an expert attorney’s help, you can better understand your options, build a strong defense strategy, and minimize the potential legal consequences you may face. Ultimately, an attorney can help you get back on the right track and secure the brighter future you deserve. Contact the criminal defense attorneys at The VanNoy Firm today to schedule a consultation.

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