A Glossary Of Legal Terms - Part Two
When faced with a criminal charge, you need to be aware of the specific language used to understand the extent of the situation and the possibilities of your case. But, as the terms and phrases used by legal experts are many and quite unique, they can be challenging for those who are not a part of the daily operations of this industry.
To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used when confronted by a criminal charge, Law Office of M. Byron Morgan has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your needs effectively.
An arraignment is the first formal opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty.
A jury is a group of citizens (usually six or twelve) who decide whether a person charged with a crime is guilty or not guilty.
A person found by a jury to be held responsible for a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
A person found by a jury not to be held responsible for a crime by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Do not confuse this term with being innocent.
It is a doubt with a reason attached to it. That is the doubt of a fair-minded, impartial decision-maker (judge or jury) who is honestly seeking the truth.
A judge is the person in the courtroom who sits on the bench (high place), makes rulings on the law, and is responsible in most states for sentencing a person if they are found guilty.
A defendant is a person formally accused of a crime.
An indictment is a formal accusation brought on a defendant or defendants.
A person found to be guilty by either a judge or jury.
A person found to be not guilty by a judge or jury.
This is the amount of evidence needed to arrest someone. It is a reasonable basis for believing that a crime has been committed by the person who is accused of committing that crime.
If you’re looking for more information on legal terms and procedures, reach out to Law Office of M. Byron Morgan. Our founder and leading attorney, M. Byron Morgan, specializes as a criminal defense attorney in Jonesboro, Georgia. He has extensive knowledge of the law and works with you to build a strong case. Whether you need help with negotiations or litigation, our criminal defense lawyer provides you with zealous representation. Moreover, he is empathetic and kind and available to assist you whenever required.