silent record

Definition of "silent record"
  1. A record from a criminal proceeding that does not clearly indicate whether the accused person comprehended their rights, such as pleading guilty or giving up the right to an attorney
How to use "silent record" in a sentence
  1. The silent record of the case raised doubts about whether the defendant truly understood his rights while making a plea.
  2. Because of the silent record, it was unclear if the accused waived her right to counsel knowingly.
  3. The defense attorney challenged the guilty plea due to the silent record which did not clearly show his client's understanding of the consequences.

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