Legal Terms

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

Dismissal with Leave
Dismissal with leave generally means dismissal with permission to refile. This allows the party to amend the pleadings.
Sat, 14 May, 2011 at 8:43 AM
No Bill by Grand Jury
The finding of the grand jury that the evidence is insufficient . If the grand jury believes that there is sufficient evidence to prove that a person has...
Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 at 9:17 PM
Criminal Homicide
a.) Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter: the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another. Deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, ...
Wed, 8 Jun, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Vandalism
To willfully or maliciously destroy, injure, disfigure, or deface any public or private property, real or personal, without the consent of the owner or pers...
Wed, 8 Jun, 2011 at 10:38 AM
Larceny-Theft
The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicycle...
Wed, 8 Jun, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Class C Misdemeanor - Texas
CLASS C MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500. In Texas, a Class "C&quo...
Thu, 23 Jun, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Deferred Prosecution Agreement
An agreement to suspend prosecution for a specific period of time if the defendant complies with certain conditions. Prosecution may resume if the defendant...
Wed, 17 Aug, 2011 at 6:02 PM
Held for Court
The decision made at the preliminary hearing, in cases involving a felony charge, where the judge has determined that there is enough evidence to hold the ...
Wed, 17 Aug, 2011 at 6:05 PM
Disposed
Disposed is a generic legal term meaning the case or proceeding is completed. Disposition is used in reference to the way in which the case was resolved...
Mon, 5 May, 2014 at 12:04 PM
PreTrial Intervention (PTI)
What is the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI)? The Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) provides defendants, generally first-time offenders, with opport...
Wed, 5 Feb, 2014 at 5:23 PM