Is Case Dismissal the Same as Not Guilty?

Maverick Ray Law
August 29, 2023

Understanding the Difference Between a Not Guilty Verdict and a Dismissal

If you are charged with a criminal offense, there may be multiple ways that the case can resolve. While most people assume that their case will end with a jury verdict, it could also be finalized through a reduction or dismissal of the charges. To understand all of the potential outcomes of your criminal case, you need to speak with an attorney.

At Maverick Ray & Associates, we represent people throughout Houston and the surrounding areas that have been arrested for a criminal offense. Our lawyers fight for our clients and work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the best possible outcome in their cases. We know the law and will not hesitate to take your case to trial to get you the results you deserve.

Were you arrested for a crime in Houston? Contact our office at (281) 843-1663 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Does It Mean for Your Case Dismissed?

In some instances, your case may be eligible for dismissal. A dismissal can only be granted by a judge or the prosecuting attorney. It is usually given when there is not enough evidence to move forward with the case or new evidence proves the innocence of the defendant.

A dismissal can be granted at any time prior to a verdict being rendered by a jury. A case may also be dismissed after the fact if a person wins on appeal. It is important to note, however, that dismissals are extraordinarily difficult to get without the help of an experienced attorney.

Is a Case Dismissal the Same as a Not Guilty Verdict?

Case dismissals are not the same as a “not guilty” verdict. A verdict is rendered by a judge or jury after a trial. A “not guilty” verdict must be a unanimous decision by the jury. If only some of the jurors believe that the person is not guilty and some believe that the person is guilty, it is considered a hung jury, and a mistrial will usually be declared.

If there is a hung jury, a prosecutor has the option to retry the case. They may also decide to dismiss the charges. In this sense, a dismissal of the case may be granted even after a verdict is reached.

Can a Dismissed Case Be Re-filed?

A case that has been dismissed can be re-filed under certain circumstances. If a case is dismissed “with prejudice,” the matter cannot be re-filed. However, if your case is dismissed “without prejudice,” a prosecutor may refile the criminal charges. The charges must be filed within the statute of limitations mandated by state or federal law.

Arrested for a Crime? Get the Legal Representation You Deserve.

Were you arrested for a crime in Houston, TX, or the surrounding communities? Contact our office at (281) 843-1663 to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team will walk you through the legal process and ensure that you receive the most favorable disposition on your case. We are known for getting reductions and dismissals on tough cases. Call today to get started.