Legal Terms

The most common Criminal Record definitions, codes and terms used in background screening reports.

Nolle Prosequi
It means NOT PROSECUTED. Nolle Prosequi, a latin phrase meaning "unwilling to pursue", is the term used in many jurisdictions to describe the ...
Tue, 26 Apr, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Adjudication Withheld
"Withheld Adjudication" or "Adjudication Withheld" generally refers to a decision by a judge to put a person on probation without an ...
Tue, 26 Apr, 2011 at 6:40 PM
Adjudicated Guilty: Delinquent in Juvenile Court
Adjudicated Guilty / Delinquent in Juvenile Court   When this charge appears it simply means that the person was adjudicated guilty in a regular court  or ...
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 5:51 PM
Delinquent Act
Any illegal act committed by a youth under the age of 18 who has not been sentenced as an adult for a felony.
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 5:57 PM
Walker Plan
An agreement between the State Attorney, youth, and parent where a case is dismissed after successful completion of the sanctions.
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 5:58 PM
A capias is a warrant or order for arrest of a person, typically issued by the judge or magistrate in a case. A capias may be issued in different forms. A c...
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 6:04 PM
Non Adjudication of Guilt
Sometimes the court does not give a final judgment regarding the case. The person is put on probation or on a program or community service without an adjudi...
Wed, 4 May, 2011 at 8:37 AM
Expungement is the process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating ...
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Seal Record
Laws regarding sealing of records are mostly governed by state laws and vary by state. Most states allow for sealing of juvenile records in certain instan...
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 6:19 PM
Plea and Plea Bargain
Plea is an accused person’s formal response of “guilty,” “non guilty” or “no contest to a criminal charge. It is the answer, which the defendant in a legal...
Wed, 30 Mar, 2011 at 6:24 PM