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12 Basic Legal Terms Everyone Should Know

Sitting in a courtroom can be extremely overwhelming, especially when you consider all the “legalese” that is being thrown around. Legalese is the technical language used for legal documents and proceedings, and it is often difficult to understand. There is no shame in being confused by legal jargon, but it is important to brush up on it, just in case. We’re here to decipher 12 commonly used legal words, so you can know what’s going on during your trial, or the trial of a loved one. A-EZ Out Bail Bonds services the Dallas-Fort Worth area with reliable, fast bail bond services. We can help anyone secure their freedom and get prepared for their trial.

1. Acquittal

The court’s ruling that a defendant is not guilty of the crime they are charged with.

2. Arraignment

A court appearance made by the defendant to officially testify their plea to the charges against them.

3. Bail/Bond

Money that is paid by a defendant or bail bondsman so the defendant can be physically released from jail leading up to their court date. This can only happen with the promise that the defendant will return to court once called upon.

4. Bond Forfeiture

Once a defendant has been bonded out, if they do not appear in court, they will lose their ability to receive a refund for their bond amount.

5. Cross-Examination

During a trial, a witness is questioned a second time by one of the opposing attorneys to challenge or corroborate a past testimony. This can be done by the defense or the prosecution.

6. Defendant

The person who is being accused of the crime in question.

7. Dismissal

Charges against the defendant being formally dropped.

8. Due Process

Procedures which must be followed during a trial to ensure all participants’ Constitutional Rights are honored and protected.

9. Felony

A severe crime, usually involving violence, met with extreme punishments. The four levels of severity for a felony include 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and capital.

10. Miranda Rights

In order for conversations with police officers to be admissible as evidence, they must first clearly state these rights to an arrestee. These include the right to remain silent, the right to have a lawyer present during questioning, and the right to a public defender if you can’t afford an attorney.

11. Misdemeanor

A crime that’s less severe than a felony, and is usually punishable by fines or jail time.

12. Plea

The way a defendant claims responsibility for a charge against them. These include guilty, not guilty and no contest.

A-EZ Out Bail Bonds: Making the Legal Process Simpler for DFW Residents

It can be easy to feel lost during a legal proceeding, but with A-EZ Out, you don’t have to. Having a basic understanding of commonly used legal terms can make the whole process a lot clearer and easier to follow. Do not feel left behind in your own trial!

At A-EZ Out Bail Bonds, we want to make the legal system easier for you. Give us a call at (214) 749-5600 or visit our website. Our friendly, reputable agents are available 24-hours a day to get you or a loved one out of jail.

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