Acquittal & Not Guilty Differences

Criminal Defense Attorney Mr. Joseph DeFelice succeeded in obtaining an acquittal for his client on burglary, assault and weapon possession charges in June 2018. Although his client was accused of acting together with two other co defendants, he was found Not Guilty.

The difference between an Acquittal and a Not Guilty verdict may sound similar, but they are different. An Acquittal refers to an act that follows a verdict of Not Guilty. A verdict of Not Guilty may not always result in an Acquittal. The defendant may be found guilty of other offenses tried in the same trial.

It takes a skilled criminal defense attorney to prove that the prosecution is unsuccessful in proving its case or where there is insufficient evidence either to convict the person or to proceed to a trial. Generally, when a person is acquitted the prosecution cannot file another action against that person for the same offense.

A jury can find a defendant Not Guilty of some, but not all charges. In that scenario, the Acquittal is only partial. In Mr. DeFelice’s case, all charges were dismissed with an acquittal and his client is completely free from the charges.

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