A Crime Writer’s Mini Dictionary: E – F
Has your protagonist ever been at a loss for the right words? Do her fans believe what she’s saying? Well, to help prevent those embarrassing moments, here are a few terms that might help when she’s out and about in Fictionville.
EC – Emergency Contact
EDP – Emotionally Disturbed Person
Eight Ball – 1/8th ounce of cocaine/meth/crack (3.5 grams).
Eighth Amendment – Prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and excessive bails and fines.
Embezzlement – Fraudulent appropriation of property or funds to one’s own use. It is a larceny.
En Banc – A matter that’s considered by the full court, such as all judges of an appellate court rather than only one or two.
Entrapment – Defense which excuses a defendant from criminal activity because that illegal activity was a result of government persuasion/trickery.
Erroist – Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes. A true dumbass.
ERT – Evidence Eradication Team (Fire and EMS personnel when they arrive on and trample the scene of, well, anything).
Exclusionary Rule – Prohibits the introduction of evidence acquired by improper or illegal police action (improper search and seizure, etc.).
Extradition – The surrender by one state to another of an accused or convicted person. A state governor has the right to demand the return of a person/suspect as long as probable cause of a crime exists.
Eye Socket Stabilization – Nickname for the self defense tactic where the victim uses their fingers to gouge the eyes of an attacker. Very effective.
Fact-finder – Judge or jury charged with determining the facts of a court proceeding.
FADAR – Sitting on the side of the road giving the appearance of running radar, but with absolutely no intention of stopping a car. It’s a great tactic for reducing the speed of travelers. It’s also a great time to read a few pages from a favorite novel.
False Arrest – Unlawful restraint of one’s personal liberty.
FD – Fire Department
Felony – A high/serious crime typically punishable by imprisonment (in prison, not jail), or death.
Felony Blue – When the chemical in a field test kit for cocaine turns blue. A positive result.
Fighting Words – Words that incite violence and breach of the peace, and that cause injury.
Fire Bomb – Any container of flammable material such as gasoline and/or kerosene or other chemical compound, and having a wick composed of any material which is capable of igniting the contained flammable material.
Flight – Leaving or concealment/hiding to avoid arrest.
Forcible Entry – Entering the property of another without that person’s permission. In some areas a mere trespass is considered forcible entry.
Fourth Amendment – Prohibits unreasonable search and seizure.
Fratricide – The killing of one’s brother.
FTD – Fixing To Die (used, particularly in the south, when describing a severely injured victim of a vehicle crash).“Rescue is on the way to the ER with the driver, but he’s FTD.”
Fresh Pursuit (Hot Pursuit) – An immediate, ongoing chase of a fleeing criminal suspect who is attempting to avoid capture. During a fresh pursuit officers may cross jurisdictional boundaries and they’re permitted to make an arrest of the fleeing subject without a warrant.
FTA – Failure To Appear (miss a court date).
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