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Argyll Law 4 MMC

TermDefinition
Crime a punishable offense against society
Vicarious Criminal Liability substituted criminal liability
Felony crime punishable in state prison for a year or a fine of more than $1000
Misdemeanor crime punishable by a year or less in city jail or a fine of less than $1000
White-collar Crimes crimes committed in the business world
Probable Cause a reasonable ground for belief
Defense legal position taken by the accused
Procedural Defense problems with the way evidence is displayed or how the accused is being treated
Substantive Defense discredits facts that the state sought to establish
Self-defense the use of the force that appears to be necessary to the victim to prevent harm
Immunity freedom from prosecution
Contempt of Court action that hinders the administration of justice
Punishment penalty provided and imposed by a court
Plea Bargain the accused pleading guilty to a less serious crime to drop the charges on a more serious crime
Indictment a written accusation
Arraignment when the defendant is brought before the court in a proceeding
Preliminary Hearing a hearing at which the evidence against the defendant are brought before the court to determine if they should hold a trial
Bail a sum of money or property pledged to guarantee that the accused will appear for a hearing or even a trial
Subpoena command to an individual to testify or present documents in their possession
Voir dire the preliminary exam of potential jurors
Verdict the decision of the jury
Created by: mmcollins