My friend was convicted (IN FED COURT) and served time and on probation. He gets stopped for traffic violation, after search of vehicle cops found 2 bills in the car that where produced in the previous crime, but where not found at that time. Now County DA prosecuting for forgery of these 2 bills. He never attempted to pass bill before or now. His lawyer saying he gonna get 20 yrs or more if goes to trial
It is a crime to manufacture or to knowingly possess counterfeit currency. If the two bills were not found at the time of his previous arrest, then he has not been prosecuted for them. So there is no double jeopardy. And if he has additional counterfeit currency somewhere else, he can be prosecuted a third time if those bills are discovered. So it may be a good idea for your friend to get rid of all the rest of the counterfeit currency. Had he done that after his federal prosecution, he would not be facing a second prosecution.
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