Criminal Defense GLOSSARY
Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms
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Vandalism: willful or malicious destruction, injury, or
disfigurement of any public or private property, real or personal,
without consent of owner or persons having custody or control.
Venue: The location where the case is tried.
Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
Violent crime: willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery,
and aggravated assault.
Voir dire: The process by which judges and lawyers select
a petit jury from among those eligible to serve, by questioning them
to determine knowledge of the facts of the case and a willingness to
decide the case only on the evidence presented in court. "Voir dire"
is a phrase meaning "to speak the truth."