A judgment of guilt against a criminal defendant.

Additional Sources

The judgment of a jury or judge that a person is guilty of a crime as charged.

The state of being found or proved guilty: evidence that led to the suspect's conviction.

Duhaime Legal Dictionary

The formal decision of a criminal trial which finds the accused guilty.

It is the finding of a judge or jury, on behalf of the state, that a person has, beyond reasonable doubt, committed the crime for which he, or she, has been accused. It is the ultimate goal of the prosecution and the result resisted by the defense. Once convicted, an accused may then be sentenced.


The final judgment entered after a finding of guilt. Dictionary

The result of a criminal trial in which the defendant has been found guilty of a crime.

Lect Law Library

A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant. A condemnation.

In its most extensive sense this word signifies the giving judgment against a defendant, whether criminal or civil. In a more limited sense, it means the judgment given against the criminal. And in its most restricted sense it is a record of the summary proceedings upon any penal statute before one or more justices of the peace, or other persons duly authorized, in a case where the offender has been convicted and sentenced: this last is usually termed a summary conviction.

The Free (Legal) Dictionary

The outcome of a criminal prosecution which concludes in a judgment that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged. The juncture of a criminal proceeding during which the question of guilt is ascertained. In a case where the perpetrator has been adjudged guilty and sentenced, a record of the summary proceedings brought pursuant to any penal statute before one or more justices of the peace or other properly authorized persons.


In law, a conviction is the verdict that results when a court of law finds a defendant guilty of a crime.