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Common Criminal Definitions

Acquitted - Non-conviction
The charges against the defendant are dropped.

Adjudicated Guilty - Conviction
The defendant has been found guilty of the charges.

Adjudication Withheld - Non-conviction
The court does not give a final judgment regarding the case. The defendant is given probation, a program or community service in which they have a specified amount of time to complete. If the defendant complies, the case may be dismissed, depending on the county/state. If they do not dismiss in that particular county/state, then the disposition remains adjudication withheld and the case is closed. However, if the defendant is found in violation, the case disposition may be changed and the defendant can be found in guilt.

Accumulated Amount

ARD Program - Non-conviction
Stands for "Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program". Mostly found in the state of Pennsylvania. This program given to the defendant in place of adjudication. If the defendant completes the program, the case is closed.

Assault B-I
Assault to cause bodily injury.

Bail/Bond Forfeiture - Non-conviction
The charges against the defendant are dropped. Not enough evidence to convict.


Burgl Habitation
Breaking into someone’s house.

Sentence taking place or existing at the same time as another.

Conditional Discharge - Non-conviction
The defendant has no finding of guilt. The court is discharging him/her from trial on special conditions that they must abide by. If they do not abide by these conditions, the discharge may be revoked and the finding may become guilty.

Consent Decree - Conviction
This is found in New Mexico. It is designed as a disposition for juvenile cases in which the defendant pleas guilty and is place on the decree/probation for six months.

Convicted - Conviction
The defendant has been found guilty of the charges.

Criminal Misc

Dangerous Drugs
Possession/Delivery of Controlled Substance.

Dead Docket
Charges dropped / no further action taken, it is usually attached to other charges that the offender plea-bargained on.

Dead Docket - Non-conviction
Often seen in Fulton, Georgia. Not enough evidence that shows the defendant is guilty or that he is innocent. So case is set aside. If not brought back up, case is closed.

Deadly Conduct
Wielding a dangerous weapon, i.e. knife, gun, etc., or threatening to cause harm onto someone.

DA Declined to Prosecute. Not enough evidence to take to grand jury.

Deferred Judgment - Non-conviction
The defendant has no finding of guilt. The judgment is set-aside for a deferred amount of time and the defendant must comply with any conditions give to him/her. The case can be dismissed depending on the county/state if defendant completes all requirements.

Disregard of a Traffic Control Device.

Dropped - Non-conviction
Not enough evidence to convict the defendant.


Striking a highway fixture or landscape of greater than $200.00.

Failure to Identify Fugitive- Unable to verify.

Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.

Fraud Remains Writing
Intent to destroy or fraud an application of some type.

Handwritten information next to the record that did not transfer over to the database. This does not affect the actual record.

Failure to Stop and Render Aid.

Failure to Appear.

Fugitive File
The case has not been to trial. Found in Virginia. The same as Returned Unserved below.

Guilty of Original Charge.

Guilty - Conviction
It has been proven that the defendant committed the crime.

Guilty in Absentia - Conviction
The jury has found the defendant guilty without his having appeared in court.

Ignored - Non-conviction
The case never went to trial. It was ignored by the state.

Indec w/ child
Indecency with a Child.


Misdemeanor Intervention Program - Non-conviction
A program designated only for misdemeanor offenses in which the defendant may comply to the conditions of the program in order to avoid a conviction.

Motion to Supress Granted.

Moving Vehicle Incident.

No Driver's License.

No Action - Non-conviction
The court dropped the case and did no continue with the charges.

No bill by grand jury
Not enough evidence to indict on charges.

No Billed - Non-conviction
The District Attorney never sent the case to court and it was not tried.

No Information Filed - Non-conviction
Mostly found in Florida. It means the case has been dropped.

No Papered - Non-conviction
The paperwork was never sent to the court by the District Attorney and the case was never filed. Therefore, it was never brought to trial.

Nolle Prosse - Non-conviction
Latin for "Not Prosecuted". This means there was not enough evidence to convict the defendant. The case is dropped.

Nolo Contendré - Conviction
Latin for "No Contest". The defendant has pled no contest to the charges against him or her. Therefore the court finds him or her guilty.

Non-Adjudication of Guilt - Non-conviction
Same as adjudication withheld.

Not Guilty of Original Charge.

Not Guilty - Non-conviction
A jury or judge trial finding that the defendant is innocent.

Other - Non-conviction
Defendant is given special provisions for one year to abide by since this is a first offense. If no further violation of the same nature, case is closed.

The case has not been to trial at this time. There is no disposition to report.

Pled Guilty - Conviction
The defendant has pled guilty to the charges against him/her and the court accepts the plea as a conviction.

Prayer for Judgment - Non-conviction
Deferred Prosecution, meaning state did not prosecute. Often seen in North Carolina. For example, with worthless checks it gives the defendant a chance to pay the check before being charged.

Pre-Trial Intervention - Non-conviction
A program the defendant is placed in before going to trial. If the defendant complies prior to trial time, the trial will not be held for the charge and the defendant is not convicted.

Process Other - Non-conviction
Defendant was not charged on this count due to being charged for another count.

Prohib Sub Jail
Possessing a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.


Passing Worthless Checks.


Refused - Non-conviction
The case never went to trial. The state refused to hear the case.

Rejected - Non-conviction
The case never went to trial. The state rejected the hearing of the case.

Responsible - Non-conviction
The defendant is responsible for the payment of the fines or fees of the crime. They are not found in guilt, however, must pay what they are ordered. Often found on traffic tickets or minor violation.

Person commits this offense with the intension or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another; i.e. prospective witness or informant; to prevent or delay the service of another such as a public servant or prospective witness.

Returned Unserved
The case has not been to trial at this time. Found in North Carolina. A warrant, summons or paper from the district attorney's office was issued for delivery to the defendant to appear for trial; however, the defendant could not be located. Therefore, the case is technically pending, however, the paperwork was never served.

or (SEC EXE DOCUMENT DEC) Securing Execution of Document by Deception.

Shock Probation
Placed into rehab for the crime committed. The rehab illustrates what kind of harm they have placed on the victim by having the criminal listen to stories and videos of actual victims.

Stet Docket - Non-conviction
Will not prosecute at this time. Eligible to be re-opened for one year if a violation is committed during that time. After the one-year period and no violations have been committed, it cannot be re-opened and the case is closed.

Stricken Off Leave - Non-conviction
Often seen in Illinois. Stricken off docket with the ability to reinstate at a later date if deemed case can be prosecuted. This is often because the prosecutors run out of time to prosecute.

Theft Check 20
Theft by check for less than $20.

Theft Enhanced
Record Before 1994: Theft of property less than $750.

Theft Enhanced
Enhanced: Has been convicted at least 2 times before for the same crime. Considered 3rd Degree felony.

Theft Enhanced
Record After 1994: Theft of property less than $1500.

Theft Enhanced
Enhanced: Has been convicted at least 2 times before for the same crime. Considered State Jail Felony.

Waived - Conviction
Mainly found in the state of North Carolina. This means the defendant has waived his/her right to trial and has pled guilty to the charges. In turn, the court accepts the plea of guilt.

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