In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
Federal Law
means any person alleged in a complaint under §13 10 CFR 13.2 means any person alleged in a complaint under §33 34 CFR 33.2 means any person alleged in a complaint under §35 43 CFR 35.2
State Law
Alabama
A person or entity that is formally charged by complaint, indictment, information, or petition, of committing a criminal offense Alabama Code 15-23-60 A person, as defined, who has been ordered by a court to pay restitution Alabama Code 15-18-142
Arizona
means a person or entity that is formally charged by complaint, indictment or information of committing a criminal offense Arizona Laws 13-4401 means any party defending against a claim asserted against him by another party to an action Arizona Laws 12-2301
California
includes a cross-defendant California Code of Civil Procedure 587.5 includes a cross-defendant or other person against whom an action is commenced California Code of Civil Procedure 583.110 includes a person in the position of defendant in a counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim California Commercial Code 1201 means a person (including corporation, association, partnership and firm or governmental entity) against whom a litigation is brought or maintained or sought to be brought or maintained California Code of Civil Procedure 391 means that person whose election or nomination is contested or those persons receiving an equal and highest number of votes, other than the contestant, where, in other than primary elections, the body canvassing the returns declares that no one person has received the highest number of votes for the contested office California Elections Code 16002
Florida
means any party on whom service by publication is authorized by this chapter, without regard to his or her designation in the pleadings or position in the action Florida Statutes 49.031
Hawaii
means a person (including a corporation, association, partnership, firm, or governmental entity) against whom litigation is brought or maintained, or sought to be brought or maintained Hawaii Revised Statutes 634J-1
Iowa
means the principal on a bail bond issued or deposit filed in relation to a criminal proceeding in order to assure the presence of the defendant at trial Iowa Code 80A.1
Louisiana
means an offender who has been convicted of a capital offense and sentenced to death in accordance with the provisions of R Louisiana Revised Statutes 46:1851
Maryland
includes a person in the position of defendant in a counterclaim, cross–claim, or third–party claim
Michigan
includes a person in the position of defendant in a counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim Michigan Laws 440.1201 means a person charged with or convicted of having committed a serious misdemeanor against a victim Michigan Laws 780.811 means a person charged with, convicted of, or found not guilty by reason of insanity of committing a crime against a victim Michigan Laws 780.752
New York
shall mean a state or local officer against whom a forfeiture action is commenced N.Y. Retirement and Social Security Law 156
North Carolina
means a party, including a counterdefendant, cross-defendant, or third-party defendant, from whom a claimant seeks relief with respect to punitive damages North Carolina General Statutes 1D-5 means a person obligated to appear in court as required upon penalty of forfeiting bail under a bail bond North Carolina General Statutes 15A-531
Ohio
means a person who is alleged to be the perpetrator of a crime in a police report or in a complaint, indictment, or information that charges the commission of a crime and that provides the basis for the criminal prosecution and subsequent proceedings to which this chapter makes reference Ohio Code 2930.01
Tennessee
means a person accused of an offense under this title and includes any person who aids or abets the commission of such offense Tennessee Code 39-11-106 means a person who:

Utah
means a veteran charged with a criminal offense Utah Code 78A-5-302 means an individual who has been convicted of, or entered into a plea disposition for, a criminal activity Utah Code 77-38a-102 means each person against whom an allegation is made in the verified petition described in Subsection 20A-1-803(1) Utah Code 20A-1-802
Virginia
means any person charged with a sexually violent offense who is deemed to be an unrestorably incompetent defendant pursuant to §