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Old 06-13-2019, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
[*]If a defendant has committed a variety of crimes, is it typical for a prosecutor to only bring forth one charge at a time, and if this leads to acquittal, then bring forth the next one (to keep the defendant in court as long as possible,) or does the prosecutor generally just bring forth the whole bundle of charges all at once just to spare everyone time and energy?
My state (and I would presume others) has a "mandatory joinder" rule:

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Originally Posted by W.Va. R. of Crim. Pro. 8 (a) (2)
Mandatory joinder. If two or more offenses are known or should have been known by the exercise of due diligence to the attorney for the state at the time of the commencement of the prosecution and were committed within the same county having jurisdiction and venue of the offenses, all such offenses upon which the attorney for the state elects to proceed shall be prosecuted by separate counts in a single prosecution if they are based on the same act or transaction or on two or more acts or transactions connected together or constituting parts of a common scheme or plan, whether felonies or misdemeanors or both. Any offense required by this rule to be prosecuted by a separate count in a single prosecution cannot be subsequently prosecuted unless waived by the defendant.
(underline mine). So at least in West Virginia, if it is loosely the "same" crime, the State only gets one shot. If you kidnapped someone in 2012 and then later committed a burglary in 2017, then they could have two shots.