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Criminal Law Terms

Li Law Group
 

Li Law Group is a law firm in Omaha, Nebraska. Our attorneys have successfully defended many clients with criminal charges. We are attentive to hear our clients and understand their goals. We develop and prepare our cases to achieve our clients' needs and wants. Through trust, talent, efforts, and teamwork, we zealously represent our clients. If you have need a criminal defense lawyer, call us at 402.391.2486. Our office is located at 8424 West Center Road Ste 108, Omaha, Nebraska.

Concurrent Sentences
  • If a defendant is found guilty of more than one crime, it may be possible for the sentences to be served at the same time. This would, for example, allow 1 day in jail to count as having been served for each of the sentences.
 
Continuance
  • A request to postpone a hearing. If a continuance is requested by the defendant, this may pause their right to a speedy trial.
Deposition
  • A series of questions is answered under sworn oath before a court reporter. Depositions are often lengthy and serve a number of purposes, including to help preserve testimony for use at trial.
 
Discovery
  • The exchange of information between the parties to a case. Most commonly, a defendant will request that the prosecutor turn over documents or other information that they have relating to the case. (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-1912)
 
House Arrest
  • An alternative to detention that is offered under certain circumstances. This allows a defendant to be confined to their home instead of being held in police custody. (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 47-401)
 
Indictment
  • A formal accusation against an individual alleging that they committed a crime. Indictments are 
 
Trial
  • A trial is an extensive hearing at which the prosecution and the defense may present their evidence and arguments in an effort to convince the court of the defendant’s guilt or innocence.
  • A Bench Trial means that a judge is the one responsible for determining the defendant’s guilt or innocents after the parties have presented their evidence.
  • A Jury Trial means that a panel of citizens are the ones responsible for deciding whether the defendant is guilty or innocent after the parties have presented their evidence. Defendants have a statutory right to a jury trial for crimes felonies and misdemeanors. (Supreme Court Rule § 6-1423; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 25-2705, 29-437). Defendants also have a constitutional right to a jury trial for crimes punishable by more than six months imprisonment. (6th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution).