Definition - What does Accusation mean?

An accusation is when one party claims that another party has done something, usually involving wrongdoing. Typically, in law, accusations are synonymous with indictments, or the formal charging of a person for a crime. A criminal accusation normally includes details of the crime, such as the specific date, time, and location.

Justipedia explains Accusation

An accusation is basically a criminal charge that a person receives when he or she is believed to have committed a crime. For example, a person who is caught on tape robbing a bank may receive an accusation from the state for the crime of robbery. Following a criminal accusation, the person becomes a defendant, and must defend himself or herself in a court of law. If he or she is convicted, then he/she will face sentencing by the court.

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