Quick Criminal Law Definitions for People in a Hurry (Timestamps)

Courts often use legal terms that are unnecessarily confusing. These short, simple definitions may not help you pass the Bar exam, but they’ll help you understand what the Judge said earlier today.

These definitions are included in an eBook I have written for people facing criminal charges, “10 Mistakes that Can Sabotage Your Criminal Case.” You can download the entire eBook at www.JJLFIRM.com or listen to the entire series here on YouTube for free. Enjoy!

— Contents of the video —
0:00 Introduction
0:19 Appeal
0:27 Appointed Attorney
0:45 Arraignment
0:54 Arrest warrant
1:04 Bail
1:13 Batson challenge
1:24 Bench trial
1:31 Best Interest plea
1:45 Beyond a reasonable doubt
1:56 Bond
2:03 Bond reduction hearing
2:18 Bond revocation hearing
2:33 Burden of proof
2:44 Cash bond
2:58 Character evidence
3:23 Charge
3:34 Charging document / Indictment / Citation / Affidavit
3:53 Civil case
4:10 Criminal case
4:27 Co-defendant / Charge partner
4:39 Community Corrections
4:47 Concurrent sentencing
4:52 Consecutive sentencing
4:58 Consent (related to a search)
5:09 Custody
5:19 Defendant
5:25 Discovery
5:35 Diversion
5:46 Due process
6:00 Extradition
6:13 Evidence
6:27 Evidentiary hearing
6:40 Exclusionary rule
6:52 Exculpatory
7:00 Expert witness
7:17 Felony
7:26 Fifth Amendment
7:40 Fine
8:00 Fourth Amendment
8:09 Hearing
8:18 Hearsay
8:34 Hostile witness
8:50 Hung jury
9:00 Impeaching a witness
9:16 Inculpatory
9:25 Indictment
9:32 Jail
9:41 Judge
9:51 Jurisdiction
9:59 Lay witness
10:07 Misdemeanor
10:16 Mistrial
10:37 Motion
10:52 Negotiated agreement / Plea agreement
11:09 Nolle prosequi
11:19 Preliminary hearing / Probable cause hearing
11:32 Pre-trial hearing
11:49 Prison
11:59 Probable cause
12:23 Probable cause hearing
12:30 Probation
12:42 Pro se defendant
12:58 Prosecutor
13:07 Public Defender
13:15 Reasonable suspicion
13:36 Reciprocal discovery
13:47 Release eligibility date
14:04 Restitution
14:13 Search
14:21 Search warrant
14:30 Seizure
14:37 Sentencing hearing
14:56 Sex offender
15:12 Sixth Amendment
15:32 Statute
15:44 Suppression hearing
15:53 Surety bond
16:11 Testimony
16:22 Time-served offer
16:36 Verdict

J. Jeffrey Lee
1303 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 318-3733 phone
(901) 871-0705 fax
www.JusticeAwaits.com
www.TakeItToTrial.com

* Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

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