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magistrate’s office


– 865.215.3925
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acquittal


A decision by a judge or a jury that the person accused is not guilty of the crime for which they were tried.
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affidavit


A sworn statement primarily used to justify the issuance of an arrest warrant or a search warrant.
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allegation


In a legal setting, a claim or assertion that has yet to be proven or established as a fact.
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appeal


A request that another, higher court review the decision of a lower court. A defendant has a right to appeal his/her conviction, but the prosecution cannot appeal an acquittal.
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arraignment


An initial appearance where the defendant is advised of the charges against him/her.
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arrest warrant


A written order from a judge or magistrate directing a law enforcement officer to take a person suspected of a crime into physical custody.
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assistant district attorney general


An attorney for the State in criminal cases; a prosecutor.
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attachment


A warrant that is issued by a court to have someone arrested for such things as failure to appear in court or contempt of court.
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bail


An agreement to pay the court system as security for the release of a defendant from jail; often used interchangeably with “Bond”. Bail can be made with cash, property or with a surety.
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