Legal Terminology and Law Definition of Criminal Defense

abduction
The illegal carrying or enticing away of a person, esp. by interfering with a relationship, as the taking of a child from its parent or taking a woman with intent to marry her without her will. The National Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children defines a child non family abduction as "a non-family perpetrator takes a child by the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
abet
To help someone commit a crime, including helping them escape from police or plan the crime. See also: aid and abet … Full Definition »
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acquittal
A jury verdict that a criminal defendant is not guilty, or the finding of a judge that the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction. … Full Definition »
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actus reus
Literal translation: guilty act One of the elements of a crime, another word - a physical part of a crime, a voluntary bodily movement. … Full Definition »
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actus reus
Literal translation: Latin, guilty act a prohibited voluntary criminal act (or ommission) performed by a human. Law requires actus reus in conjunction with mens rea (mental state) for a conviction. … Full Definition »
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aggravated assault
See: assault … Full Definition »
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Alternate Public Defender
An Alternate Public Defender (APD) is a highly trained and devoted attorney, specializing in criminal defense, employed by the County of Los Angeles. APD attorneys provide high quality, cost effective and caring representation in cases where the Public Defender has a conflict of interest. Although the APD handles every type of misdemeanor and felony … Full Definition »
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assault
a person in guilty of assault when she/he attempts to strike (or actually strikes in some states) another human either recklessly, or intentionally, and that person suffers physical injury as a result of the attempt/strike. Criminal laws differ widely from state to state. E.g., NY Penal Code distinguishes between different degrees of assault. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
assault and battery
A person commited an assault and battery may be sued either in civil court or be prosecuted criminally. The major difference between assault and battery is that an assault does not require an actual physical contact with another person, while battery requires actual touching to occur. An assault can take place even though no battery occurs. On the other … Full Definition »
Law topic: Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
bail
The release, prior to trial, of a person accused of a crime, under specified conditions designed to assure that person's appearance in court when required. Also can refer to the amount of bond money posted as a financial condition of pretrial release. … Full Definition »
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protective custody
Protective custody is an action taken by a government official by placing a person in a secure setting to protect that person from harm of others. Examples: a child placed in temporary foster care because of abuse of a parent; a wife escaping an abusive husband given a temporary shelter; protective custody to a witness to a crime that is threatened to … Full Definition »
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