Criminal Defense Legal Terms Glossary

Definitions of key legal terms related to criminal law and defense strategies.

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Criminal Defense

  • ArraignmentArraignment is the initial court appearance where criminal charges are formally read to the defendant, who then enters a plea.

  • BailMoney or bond paid to allow temporary release from custody, ensuring defendant's future court appearances.

  • Reasonable doubtLack of sufficient evidence preventing conviction of a defendant, meaning proof fails to overcome reasonable doubt