Q: Hung jury, can the judge find you guilty if your jury was dead locked?

Reading through my transcripts a friend asked if it was a jury trial? I said yea. Then he says I had a hung jury. He also tells me they should of dropped the charges. How did they convict me if my jury was deadlocked? Can a judge go ahead and find me guilty when this happens? There's so much that's wrong with my trial. If a judge can't because it was a jury trial. what should I do?

2 Lawyer Answers

Dale S. Gribow

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed

i do not know how that could happen

the best person to ask who would know all the facts is your lawyer.

what does he or she say..............

William John Light

  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: File an appeal. However, it is so remote as to be an impossibility that a judge convicted you when the jury was deadlocked. Without having looked at your file, I would say that it is far more likely that there was a hung jury on one or more counts, and a guilty verdict on one or more counts. However, your attorney would have the actual facts.

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