South Florida Criminal Attorney
A unanimous not guilty verdict.
When a panel of 6 jurors cannot collectively vote for acquittal or guilt a mistrial is declared. The case may be dismissed by the Judge or prosecutor (depending on the split), the case may be re-filed and started over again or the prosecutor may offer a much better deal to the defendant to make the case go away.
Not Guilty Plea
A plea by the defendant claiming innocence of guilt.
A plea by the defendant claiming guilt.
By issuing a plea of nolo contendere, or “no contest”, the defendant accepts the punishment without formally admitting that he was guilty. By doing this, he avoids the consequences of a guilty plea with regard to potential liability to other people for money damages.
A felony crime is punishable by one year or more in state prison. Sample felony crimes include drug possession/ trafficking/ burglury/ murder.
A misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to one year in county jail. Misdemeanor trials are held in the state’s lower court, sometimes referred to as County Court. (Names for these courts vary from State to State) A misdemeanor may include such crimes as drunk driving, disorderly conduct and shoplifting.