Part 8 of Criminal Definitions

Larceny – The criminal taking and carrying away of someone else’s property with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive them of it. Categories of larceny in Florida include petty theft and grand theft.

Laundering – The federal crime of transferring illegally earned money through legitimate people or accounts so that the original source of the money cannot be traced.

Malice – The intent to commit a criminal act with a reckless disregard of the law.

Miranda Rule – The requirement that, before the police can question you about a crime while you are detained, they must inform you of the right to remain silent so as to avoid self-incrimination and the right to have a lawyer present.

Misdemeanor – A crime punishable by a year or less in the Jacksonville jail, not prison. Examples include DUI, Domestic Battery, Petty Theft, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Possession of Less than 20 grams of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Mistrial – A trial that ends without a verdict because of a procedural error or misconduct during the trial. A mistrial can also occur if the jury cannot agree on a verdict.

Motive – The willful desire to cause one to act.

If you have any questions about criminal charges in Duval, Nassau, Clay, or St. Johns County, contact our Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.

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