If I was convicted of the RICO law in1 county and I pled guilty, can I also be held for violations in other counties?

UPDATED: Feb 24, 2011

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If I was convicted of the RICO law in1 county and I pled guilty, can I also be held for violations in other counties?

I pled guilty in one county and now another county has 24 counts against me. I thought if I pled guilty it covered all the offences. Should I speak with a criminal law attorney? In Douglas County, GA.

Asked on February 24, 2011 under Criminal Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Definitely speak with a criminal defense attorney. A guilty plea will cover all the offenses to which you pled, and should cover the "lesser included offenses" as well, but it does not cover 1) distinct crimes; 2) crimes you were not charged with; or 3) crimes from different acts.

Example: a defendant got into a bar fight, pulled a gun, and shot someone, injuring him badly. The defendant pled guilty to felony assault. He cannnot later be charged with some other form of assault from that crime against that person. He could be charged with weapons possession, however, if the gun was unlicensed; he could be charged with drug possession, if he had marijuana on him; if he tried to intimidate witnesses later, he could be charged with obstruction of justice; if he also hurt somone else in the bar fight, he could be charged with assault on that person; etc.

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