Monday, March 11, 2013


A declaration that a person charged with a crime is not guilty of that crime.  An acquittal is an adjudication that a defendant has been fount not guilty of a particular crime.  A judgment of acquittal may result directly from a finding by the trier of fact, sucha s a jury's verdict of not guilty.

Such a verdict is proper if for any reason the prosecutor fails to meet the requisite burden of proff or persuasion.  Acquittal may also arise by implication from a conviction of a lesser included offense or by operation of law when another procedure required for conviction fails.

Caveat Lector - "Let the Reader Beware"

Tucker Griffin Barnes
Charlottesville, VA (434-973-7474)

PS - Words are the only tools lawyers have. Just as a skilled carpenter wouldn't drive a nail with a screwdriver, skilled legal writers don't use fortuitous when they mean fortunate, or infer when they mean imply.

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