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mens rea
Latin translation: guilty mind One of two nesessary elements of most of crimes. There are several degrees of mens reas: intentional harm, harm as a result of non-action; criminal negligence; recklessness. … Full Definition »
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misdemeanor
a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. In contrast to felonies, which can be punished by a state prison term for more than 1 year. Misdemeanors are tried in municipal court, police or justice courts. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving … 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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