Criminal Defense Law Definitions

No Contest – A criminal defendant’s plea that the defendant will not contest the charge. When a criminal suspect enters this plea, he or she is not admitting guilt.

Nolle Prosequi – Literally means “not to wish to prosecute”. It is legal notice that the criminal charges have been dropped. The criminal charges have been dismissed.

Notice of Appearance – A criminal defense lawyer’s written notice filed with the court announcing on the record that he or she is representing someone who has criminal charges against them.

Oath – A pledge by which a person swears to tell the truth.

Objection – A formal statement by criminal defense counsel that he or she protests something that has occurred in court and seeks a judge’s ruling on the point.

Offender – A person who has committed a crime.

Offense – A violation of law.

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