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A person who is accused of and/or arrested for breaking the law.
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The person whose job it is to help the defendant in court.
The facts and physical items involved in the crime, presented by all witnesses at the trial.
A statement, usually in the form of a letter or spoken directly to the judge, from the family, friends, etc. concerning how this crime has affected the victim. Find a VIS cover letter here.
An official document filed with the court by the Prosecuting Attorney setting forth the crimes allegedly committed.
The defendant's agreement to appear in court for further hearings.
An agreement between the defendant and the Prosecuting Attorney as to what charge the defendant will plead guilty and what sentencing recommendation the Prosecuting Attorney will make to the court.
A complete investigation, contacting all parties involved, by a Department of Corrections caseworker, who reports to the court with recommendations for sentencing.
The person who was elected by the people of the county to represent the State and prove that the defendant committed the crime.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys are assistants of the Prosecuting Attorney.
A written order to be at the court proceedings at a certain date and time.
To tell the truth in the courtroom about what happened.