"Most people are still under the quaint assumption that you can't be punished for a crime for which you've been acquitted.
Not true. In cases where a defendant is convicted of some of the charges against him but acquitted of others, the state can pursue a sentence that includes punishment for the acquitted charges.
Yes. You read that correctly. A recent decision from a U.S. district court in Virginia is unusually candid in pointing out the absurdity of the practice, which is apparently pretty common:"
Not Guilty. Go Directly to Jail.