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12
ARREST GLOSSARY
Assault:
intentionally causing injury
to someone, or recklessly causing
serious injury.
Breach of Peace:
fighting in public,
hitting someone, or threatening to
commit a crime against someone.
Criminal Trespass:
being or staying
in a place where you don't have a
right to be, without the permission
of someone who lives there.
Criminal Violation of a Protective
Order:
disobeying a protective order
from a case in which you are the
defendant.
Criminal Violation of a
Restraining Order:
when a
defendant disobeys a civil
restraining order in the following
ways:
Threatens or physically hurts
the applicant; or
Contacts or comes near the
applicant when the order says
he is not allowed to do so
Criminal Violation of a Foreign
Order of Protection:
when a
defendant disobeys an order of
protection from a court in another
state in the following ways:
Threatens or physically hurts
the applicant; or
Contacts or comes near the
applicant when the order says
he is not allowed to do so
Disorderly Conduct:
fighting, being
disruptive and interfering with
someone, or making unreasonable
noise.
Harassment:
bothering someone
intentionally in a way that causes
annoyance or alarm.
Probable Cause:
enough reliable
information to believe that, more
likely than not, the crime actually
happened.
Sexual Assault in Spousal or
Cohabiting Relationship:
using
force or threat to compel a spouse or
housemate to engage in unwanted
sexual acts.
Speedy Information:
a short length
of time (often less than 8 to 12
hours, sometimes longer) between
when an incident happens, and
when the police officers determine
probable cause and make an arrest.
Tampering with a Witness:
making
or attempting to make a victim or
witness testify falsely or not testify.
NOTE
: The descriptions of crimes
are general explanations; they are
not complete legal descriptions of
the crime.