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Ex Post Facto

A defendant can not be held criminally liable for conduct which is legal at the time that the defendant engaged in the conduct but which is subsequently made illegal. 

Furthermore, a defendant cannot be more severely punished if he or she committed a crime and the punishment for that crime is subsequently increased (after the defendant's conduct which lead to criminal prosecution).

Finally, the procedure for proving the defendant's guilt cannot be made more lenient to the prosecutor than the procedure that existed at the time the defendant committed the charged offense.

Sometime the legislature expressly states that its laws are made retroactive. When the legislature expresses this intent in the law it is only to make the punishment less severe for the defendant or the procedure for finding guilt more restrictive to the prosecutor.

For more information on the defense of ex post facto contact criminal defense attorney Christopher Dorado today: 909.913.3138

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