Jeopardy Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Jeopardy.

Jeopardy (noun):

  1. In general, jeopardy refers to the risk or danger of suffering harm or loss.
  2. In legal context, jeopardy often refers to the hazard of being convicted and punished for a particular crime. It can apply when a person is about to be charged and tried for a crime, specifically when they are in danger of being convicted.
  3. The term is most commonly used in the phrase "double jeopardy", a principle in the U.S. Constitution that prevents a person from being tried twice for the same crime.