Criminal Definitions Part 5

Felony – A crime that exposes you to imprisonment for more than one year or death. Felony crimes include Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Burglary, Arson, Robbery, Child Abuse, and Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

Felony-Murder Rule – The Florida law that makes you accountable if you are committing a felony with someone and the police kill your partner while investigating the crime.

First Chair – The criminal defense lawyer who acts as the lead attorney in court for a trial.

Gag Order – When the judge orders the attorneys, witnesses, and criminal defendants to not speak about a case to anyone, including the media.

Habeas Corpus – It literally means “you should have the body” In criminal law, you have to be brought before the court to determine if your imprisonment legal or not.

Harboring – The act of giving shelter or refuge to a criminal, or person accused of criminal charges.

Hearsay – A statement made out of court that is offered as true. These statements are not allowed unless they fit into a hearsay exception.

House Arrest – The confinement of a person who is accused of a crime or convicted of a crime to their home. They can also be monitored by an ankle monitor. Many times with house arrest in Jacksonville, you will be allowed to leave home only for work, to see the doctor, or school.

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