The words used in an indictment must be construed in their usual acceptation in common language, except words and phrases defined by law, which must be construed according to their legal meanings.

(Code 1852, §578; Code 1867, §4128; Code 1876, §4801; Code 1886, §4369; Code 1896, §4897; Code 1907, §7135; Code 1923, §4530; Code 1940, T. 15, §233.)

Terms Used In Alabama Code 15-8-5

  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.