Understanding legal jargon: Allegedly

To help readers who may have trouble with the legal jargon in court stories, Evening Sun reporter Mark Walters will be putting together a terms-you-need-to-know list. Every week, he’ll add a new word to the list, using articles to show how the word is used in a sentence. 

Today’s word

Allegedly: Something is alleged when it is asserted, stated or declared. When someone is charged with a crime, that person is thought to have allegedly done something. This word is used because until that person is convicted, the charges are just alleged charges, and the person is considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

For example, Hanover police charged a borough man with attempted burglary and other charges after he allegedly tried to burglarize his neighbor’s home. READ MORE

See the full list of legal jargon here.
Have a piece of legal jargon you want Mark to address? Email him at mwalters@eveningsun.com. 

About Katy Petiford

Katy Petiford is the assistant metro editor at The Evening Sun. She's a journalist, content curator, actor, writer, University of Vermont alum, Harry Potter fan and cupcake enthusiast. Follow her at @kpetiford on Twitter.
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