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Victims Rights Glossary
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Secured Appearance Bond A bond secured by a deposit of security equal to the full amount of the bond. Sentence An order by the Judge specifying the punishment the defendant will receive. Also called disposition. Sexual Offenses
  1. Indecent Exposure - Exposing genitals, anus, or breast. To a person under 15 is a felony.
  2. Public Sexual Indecency - Engaging in sexual contact or intercourse in public. When a person under 15 is present is a felony.
  3. Sexual abuse -Sexual contact with a person over 15 without their consent or with a person under 15 if the sexual contact involves only the female breast.
  4. Sexual conduct with a minor - Knowingly or intentionally engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with anyone under 18.
  5. Sexual Assault - Engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with a person without their consent.
  6. Molestation of a child - Directly or indirectly touching the private parts of a child under 15 or causing a child under 15 to touch the offender's private parts.
Soft Time A sentence to imprisonment for a crime which by statute the defendant is eligible for parole after serving ½ of the time imposed. Also called 'one for two time'. State's Case in Chief State presents its case by calling witnesses and presenting evidence at trial. The state has the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Statute A law enacted by a legislature. Stay A temporary stop or delay in a judicial proceeding. Subpoena A writ requiring appearance in court to give testimony. Subpoena Duces Tecum A writ issued by a court at the request of one of the parties to a suit; it requires a witness to bring any relevant documents under the witness's control. Summons Legal document issued by the court to notify defendant a complaint has been filed and he/she is required to appear and answer the complaint on or before the time and date specified. A summons is a notice to appear for a defendant who does not need to be arrested. Supervening Indictment A direct complaint has been filed, requested by the County Attorney and by the Grand Jury. If granted, the defendant bypasses the Preliminary Hearing and goes to an arraignment. Surety Bond Someone other than the person released who executes an appearance bond and binds himself to pay the amount if the released person doesn't comply. The surety must show property ownership worth the amount of the bond.

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