Legal Terms

misdemeanor – Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement. 

mistrial – An invalid trial caused by fundamental error. When a mistrial is declared, the trial must start again, beginning with the selection of a new jury. 

motion – Attempt to have a limited issue heard by the court. Motions can be filed before, during, and after trial.