Definition of accused
: one charged with an offense; especially : the defendant in a criminal case
First Known Use of accused
Legal Definition of accused
: a person who has been arrested for or formally charged with a crime : the defendant in a criminal case the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial — U.S. Constitution amend. VI
Additional Notes on accused
Certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as the right to counsel, become effective once a person is characterized as an accused.
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