Criminal Legal Definitions Part 3

Confrontation Clause – The 6th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees a criminal suspect’s right to directly confront (cross-examine) the people accusing him or her of a crime.

Criminal Contempt – Conduct that defies the authority of the court or judge in a criminal case. If you are held in contempt of court in Jacksonville, you could have to pay a fine or even be put in jail.

Conviction – The act of finding someone guilty of a crime.

Corpus Delicti – The substance on which a crime has been committed. It literally means the “body” of the crime. What it means is that you cannot be convicted of a crime if the only evidence that you committed the crime is your confession.

Affirmative Defense – A criminal suspect’s assertion raising new facts and arguments that, if true, will defeat the prosecution’s allegations.

If you have any questions about criminal charges in Jacksonville, call our Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.