Understanding Pretrial Motions To Dismiss Criminal Charges

Ask most folks to imagine what the successful conclusion of a criminal defense looks like, and they're likely to picture a jury delivering a "not guilty" verdict. Although that's certainly one way a case can end, a more common tool for a criminal law attorney to try to use is the pretrial motion to dismiss the charges. This is a request filed by a criminal defense attorney that asks the judge to throw the case out entirely because there is something inherently wrong with it.