accused
ac·cused /ə-'kyüzd/ n pl accused: a person who has been arrested for or formally charged with a crime: the defendant in a criminal case
the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trialU.S. Constitution amend. VI
◇ Certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as the right to counsel, become effective once a person is characterized as an accused.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

accused
I (attacked) verb attacked, defamed, imputed, maligned, reproached, reproved II (charged) verb arraigned, brought charges, charged, complained of, filed charges, have charges against, held responsible, impeached, indicted III index convict, suspect

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


accused
n.
Someone charged with a crime.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


accused
the person charged with a crime. In Scotland the accused in serious cases is often called the panel.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


accused
A person charged with a crime.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


accused
n.
1 A person who is blamed for a wrongdoing.
2 A person who has been arrested or formally charged by an indictment, information, or presentment with a crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


accused
The generic name for the defendant in a criminal case. A person becomes accused within the meaning of a guarantee of speedy trial only at the point at which either formal indictment or information has been returned against him or her, or when he or she becomes subject to actual restraints on liberty imposed by arrest, whichever occurs first.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


accused
The generic name for the defendant in a criminal case. A person becomes accused within the meaning of a guarantee of speedy trial only at the point at which either formal indictment or information has been returned against him or her, or when he or she becomes subject to actual restraints on liberty imposed by arrest, whichever occurs first.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

accused
n.
   a person charged with a crime.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • accused — 1. noun /əˈkjuːzd/ The person charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case. 2. adjective /əˈkjuːzd/ Having been accused; being the target of accusations. This power chiefly fell to the queen, and she was more accused than ever of too …   Wiktionary

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