The document used in the State of Georgia to put a person charged with a crime on notice that charges have been filed against him/her, giving the charged individual the opportunity to defend against those charges.
A judgment in a criminal case that an accused criminal defendant receives if he/she is found not guilty.
A written statement of fact that is verified by oath or affirmation before a notary public or officer having the authority to administer oaths. Affidavits are not admissible in criminal trials or hearings in lieu of testimony, because the opposing party has not had an opportunity to cross-examine the person giving the statement.
The transfer of a case from a lower court to a higher court (appellate court) to review the decision of the lower court.
A first appearance hearing where a criminal defendant is brought before a judge to review the charges brought against him/her and is given the opportunity to enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty".
To hold in custody a suspected criminal with legal authority, by a law enforcement officer.
An order issued by a judge or magistrate to a police officer requiring the arrest of a named person.
Assistant District Attorney
A lawyer appointed by the District Attorney to assist in prosecuting criminal cases; also called a prosecutor.
A lawyer. A person who has been licensed to practice law by a particular state.