Criminal Law Terms You Should Know

Retainer – A fee paid to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer to secure legal representation for your criminal charges.

Retrial – A new trial in a case that has already been tried.

Right to Counsel – If you are facing criminal charges, you have a constitutional right, which is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment, to be represented by a criminal lawyer even if you can’t afford to hire one.

Ruling – The outcome of a judge’s decision on some point of law.

Scofflaw – A person who treats the law with contempt.

Search – The examination of people or their property with the intent to find evidence not in plain view.

Search Warrant – A judge’s written order on behalf of the state authorizing the police to to search for evidence at a specific address.