Motion for Judgment of Acquittal Law & Legal Definition


A motion for judgment of acquittal is a criminal defendant's request to be acquitted. Such a request is made at the close of the government's case or the close of all evidence. A motion for judgment of acquittal is made when there is no legally sufficient evidentiary basis on which a reasonable jury could return a guilty verdict. In case the motion for judgment of acquittal is granted, the government has no right of appeal.