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Criminal Defense GLOSSARY

Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms

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Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.

Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.

Infraction: an offense punishable by a fine or other penalty other than incarceration.

Information: A formal accusation by a government attorney that the defendant committed a misdemeanor.

Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.

Instructions: Judge's explanation to the jury before it begins deliberations of the questions it must answer and the law governing the case.

Issue: (1) The disputed point in a disagreement between parties in a lawsuit. (2) To send out officially, as in to issue an order.


 

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