Glossary of Car Accidents Law
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offenses less than felonies; generally those punishable by fine or imprisonment
of less than 90 days in a local facility. A gross misdemeanor is a criminal
offense for which an adult could be sent to jail for up to one year, pay a fine
up to $5,000 or both.
Mistrial: Erroneous or
invalid trial. Usually declared because of prejudicial error in the proceedings
or when there was a hung jury.
Those which do not constitute a justification or excuse for an offense but which
may be considered as reasons for reducing the degree of blame.
Motion: Oral or written
request made by a party to an action before, during or after a trial upon which
a court issues a ruling or order.
Moot: Unsettled; undecided. A
moot point is one not settled by judicial decisions.