Definitions:Criminal Justice Terms

Our Services:
Home > Definitions: Criminal Justice Terms
 

Definitions: Criminal Justice Terms

 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y
C
Capias The Latin meaning is “That You Take”. This is the name for several types of writs which require that a law enforcement official take a named defendant into custody.
Capital Case/Crime Case or crime for which the death penalty may be imposed.
Capital Punishment Punishment by death for capital crime.
Carnal Sexual, sensual. Carnal knowledge is sexual intercourse.
Cause of Action One or more related charges, combined and made against a defendant for wrongs committed.
Charge In criminal law, a charge is an allegation that an individual has committed a specific offense.
Citation An order issued by a law enforcement officer requiring appearance in court to answer a charge. Bail is not accepted in lieu of appearance.
Circuit Judicial division of the United States or of an individual state.
Circuit Courts Courts whose jurisdiction extends over several counties or districts. (There are thirteen judicial circuits wherein the U.S. Courts of Appeals reside).
City Court Courts that try persons accused of violating municipal ordinances. City courts may have jurisdiction over minor civil or criminal cases, or both.
Civil Disorder A violent public disturbance by three or more people which causes danger, damage or injury to property or persons.
Co-defendant One of a group of two or more people charged in the same crime.
Coercion The use of physical force or threats to compel someone to commit an act against their will.
Compounding Crime The receipt by an individual of consideration in exchange for an agreement not to prosecute or inform on someone who they know has committed a crime.
Concurrent Sentences Two or more terms of imprisonment served simultaneously.
Conditional Release The release from a correctional facility before full sentence has been served which is conditioned on specific behavior. If conditions are not met, the individual may be returned to the facility.
Consecutive Sentences Multiple sentences, served one after the other.
Conspiracy The coming together of two or more people for the purpose of committing an unlawful act or to commit a lawful act by unlawful means.
Contempt of Court An act committed which serves to obstruct the court in its administration or authority.
Controlled Substance A drug whose availability is restricted by law.
Conversion The unauthorized taking of another’s property.
Conviction Guilty verdict in a criminal trial.
Count/Charge An offense named in a cause of action. A cause of action may contain multiple counts or charges, each relating to the others but identifying a separate offense.
Court of Record The court where the permanent record of all proceedings is held.
Credit Card Fraud Use, or attempted use of a credit card to purchase goods or services with the intent to avoid payment of such.
Crime Against Nature Deviate sexual intercourse.
Criminal Nonsupport Failure to pay child support
Culpability Blame, or degree of responsibility for a crime. This may be in degrees of purposeful, knowingly, recklessly or by negligence.
Cumulative Sentence A sentence that takes effect after a prior sentence is completed for crimes tried under the same cause of action.

 

 

 

Info Cubic 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Toll-free: (877) 360-4636
Phone: (303) 220-0170
Fax: (303) 220-0171
Stay in Touch


Other Languages Spanish
French
German
Japanese
Chinese

Company Services
Pricing
Resources
About Us
Contact Us
Privacy
Site Map
Industry Solutions
Criminal Terms
Articles

Definitions:Criminal Justice Terms