crim. law. The allegation made to a proper officer, that
some person, whether known or unknown, has been guilty of a designated offence,
with an offer to prove the fact, and a request that the offender may be
2. To have a legal effect, the complaint must be supported by such evidence
as shows that an offence has been committed, and renders it certain or probable
that it was committed by the person named or described in the complaint.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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