Guilty is referred to as a status after a charged person is found guilty be a court or a jury. Because as person is charged does not mean they are guilty. Many defenses exist that can prevent a finding of guilt from being entered onto a record. A knowledgeable attorney can explain these defeneses to you.
No-fault Proceedings - A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault
Larceny - Obtaining property by fraud or deceit
Plaintiff A person or business that files a formal complaint with the court.
Plan debtor's detailed description of how the debtor proposes to pay creditors' claims over a fixed period of time.
Impeachment process of calling a witness's testimony into doubt. If the attorney can show that the witness may have fabricated portions of his testimony, the witness is said to be It is also called the constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may impeach accuse of misconduct high officers of the federal government, who are then tried by the Senate.
In camera Latin, meaning in a judge's chambers. Often means outside the presence of a jury and the public. In private.
Inculpatory evidence Evidence indicating that a defendant did commit the crime.
Indictment formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is sufficient evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies. See also information.
Points or Point Information - Penalty points imposed by the Motor Vehicles Division after conviction of a traffic offense.
Prejudice - Unfair harm to one party.Objection to exemptions A trustee's or creditor's objection to the debtor's attempt to claim certain property as exempt from
No Bill - This phrase, endorsed by a grand jury on the written indictment submitted to it for the approval, means that the evidence was found insufficient to indict
Noise Control Act - act which gives government agencies the right to promulgate standards and regulations relating to abatement of noise emissions
Nonjury trial - Trial before the court but without a jury
Plea In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading guilty or not guilty in answer to the charges. See also nolo contendere.
Pleadings Written statements filed with the court that describe a party's legal or factual assertions about the case.
Class action lawsuit in which one or more members of a large group, or class, of individuals or other entities sue on behalf of the entire class. The district court must find that the claims of the class members contain questions of law or fact in common before the lawsuit can proceed as a class action.
Clerk of court The court officer who oversees administrative functions, especially managing the flow of cases through the court. The clerk's office is often called a court's central nervous system.
Collateral Property that is promised as security for the satisfaction of a debt.
Notary Public - public officer whose function it is to administer oaths, to attest and certify documents, and to take acknowledgments
Law Blank - printed legal form available for preparing documents
Law Clerk - In the United States, usually a law school student employed by a law firm to do research and other tasks. In the courts, a lawyer or law school student employed to do legal research
Lawsuit - action or proceeding in a civil court; term used for a suit or action between two private parties in a court of law
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