What is Accused?

Legal Definition
A person who has been arrested for or formally charged with a crime.
Illustrative case law
Regarding rights of the accused, see, e.g. Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
See also
  • Accusation
  • Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions, Sixth Amendment, CRS Annotated Constitution
  • "Rights of the Accused," U.S. Department of State
Legal Definition
The person against whom an accusation is made. "Accused" is the generic name for the defendant in a criminal case, and is more appropriate than either "prisoner" or "defendant" 1 Car. & K. 131.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
One who is charged with a crime or misdemeanor.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
One charged with having commited a criminal offence.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary