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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 »
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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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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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Reasonable cause
Reasonable cause to believe that a person has committed an offense exists when evidence or information which appears reliable discloses facts or circumstances which are collectively of such weight and persuasiveness as to convince a person of ordinary intelligence, judgment and experience that it is reasonably likely that such offense was committed and … Full Definition »
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