This is a less serious offense than a felony and normally results in 12 months or less in prison.

If the crime is not too serious, it is classified as a misdemeanor.

Synonyms: wrongdoing, evil deed, crime, misdeed, misconduct, offense, error, peccadillo, transgression





When a fundamental error results in a trial being rendered invalid. Once the judge rules a mistrial, a new jury must be selected and the trial begins again.

After the critical evidence was compromised, the judge had to rule a mistrial.

* These terms are general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Different states may define terms differently. These terms are not designed to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek advice from an attorney licensed in your state who is familiar with how your jurisdiction defines key legal terms that are important in your particular matter.


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