Criminal Definitions – Part 1

In the world of Jacksonville criminal defense, there are many words that can be confusing. Here are some definitions of commonly used legal words:

Accessory – A person who aids or contributes int he commission of a crime.

Accomplice – A person who knowingly, voluntarily, and intentionally gets together with teh principal offender in committing a crime.

Acquittal – When you are found not guilty of a crime.

Admission – A voluntary acknowledgment that facts are true.

Adversary Proceeding – A hearing involving a dispute between opposing parties. (usually the prosecutor and criminal defense attorney)

Affidavit – Written down facts sworn to by you before an officer authorized to administer oaths. (even a arrest and booking report made by the arresting officer is a sworn document, an affidavit)

Aggravated – Made worse or more serious by circumstances, usually violence in criminal cases. (like if you possess a gun while committing a crime)

Alibi – A criminal defense based on the physical impossibility of a suspect’s guilt by placing them in location other than the scene of the crime during the commission of the crime. If you have witnesses that you were somewhere else at the time the crime was committed, you have an alibi.

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