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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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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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