The simple answer is no. Whether or not a mistrial is a terrible thing depends on how well or poorly your case is going and the cause for the mistrial. It is a good thing when a case is declared a mistrial due to misconduct because it ensures fairness in the criminal justice system. However, if you are found guilty after a mistrial has been declared, you could still end up in prison.
The reason a mistrial is not beneficial to your case is because all parties involved (including you) have invested time and energy into reaching a verdict. By forcing the jury to start over, they are giving up any chance of having their verdict come back in favor of prosecution or defense.
Additionally, if you felt strongly about your case then you should be happy about a mistrial because there is another opportunity to present evidence before a new jury. A mistrial also provides both sides with more opportunities to research and discuss the details of the case before proceeding further. Finally, a mistrial can be caused by many factors outside of your control such as a sick juror or an act of God. In this situation, you will be given the option to either retry yourself or have someone else do it for you. If you choose to let it go and begin again, you will need to find other representation since your attorney cannot continue working on your case.
A mistrial is not the same as acquittal. If the court declares a mistrial, it does not imply the defendant is innocent or that he or she will not be charged with a crime in the future. It signifies that, based on the evidence and circumstances, it is no longer appropriate for the trial to end with a judgement of not guilty or guilty. Instead, the case will need to be re-started again before a new judge or jury.
Often, when a case gets to this stage, more evidence can be found or additional witnesses can be identified. So instead of declaring a not guilty verdict, the court allows for more time for further investigation or proceedings. This way, everyone's rights are protected and there is no issue with due process.
The word "mistrial" comes from the French word mêtre, which means "to measure". In other words, a mistrial is when you start again because the judge cannot give a fair verdict based on the evidence presented.
There are different reasons why a case might have to be retried. For example: if the jury was unable to reach a decision or if evidence emerges after the trial has started that shows the defendant should not have been convicted. In these situations, the court will often declare a mistrial so that the process can begin again with another jury or judge.
What Happens If a Mistrial Occurs? Following a mistrial, the court may retry a defendant, or the prosecution may opt to drop all charges. If they drop the charges, it indicates that the trial never happened in the eyes of the law, and the prosecution never presented charges against the defense.
At any time before the commencement of a trial, if the parties agree to a plea bargain, they can change their minds and not go through with it. When this happens, there is no trial and no verdict, just as if you had reached a settlement before starting jury selection. The case is over and done with, and there is nothing more to come of it.
There are two situations where a mistrial cannot be avoided: first, if there is disagreement between the judge and both sides about how the trial should be conducted; second, if during the trial it becomes clear that the only way to get reliable evidence would be to start over again - which means that a new trial would need to be held anyway.
Overly strict interpretation of the term "mistrial" could lead to problems for defendants. Some judges are willing to declare a mistrial when things go badly for the prosecution, even though this is not what the word "mistrial" normally implies. Others use different words to describe cases where there is no conviction (such as "hung jury" or "not guilty").
After a mistrial is declared, the prosecution must decide whether to continue with the case or abandon it. Prosecutors may dismiss a case if they feel a retrial would result in an acquittal or a deadlocked jury. A prosecutor cannot retry a case that has been dismissed without the permission of a court.
In some cases, the defendant may be offered another chance at trial. The judge may order a new trial if he believes that an impartial verdict could not be reached on remand. Alternatively, the defendant may be offered a plea deal by the prosecution in return for a guilty plea. If the defendant accepts the deal, he or she will receive a sentence less than what is possible after a successful trial.
A second mistrial means that the prosecution will be able to try the defendant again provided they can find an impartial jury. Because this puts the defendant through a second trial where they were already found guilty, many people believe that a second mistrial is worse than a first.
The fact that a second mistrial has been declared should not necessarily lead to belief that the defendant is being given special treatment. Second trials are granted to even-handed justice, not because the defendant is guilty but because there may be questions about their guilt that cannot be resolved without further testing of the evidence.