Legal Terminology and Law Definition of Criminal Defense

battery
The willful and unlawful touching or striking of one person by another, with the intention to harm. Common examples: John and Kate had an argument; John punches Kate with his fist. John just committed battery James and his friends have a conversation at a subway station. One of his friends made an unpleasant comment about James’ pants. James beat up … Full Definition »
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certificate of title
A certificate of title is a proof of ownership for a used car, boat, or ATV. To transfer the ownership to a third party you need to sign the sertificate of title for a vehicle and five it to a new owner. A certificate of title is a state-issued document that contains essential information about the vehicle such as model, type, year, and info about the … Full Definition »
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concurrent sentences
Prison terms for two or more offenses to be served at the same time, rather than one after the other. Example: Two five-year sentences and one three-year sentence, if served concurrently, result in a maximum of five years behind bars. … Full Definition »
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criminal
Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness. A person committed a crime; one who is found guilty in criminal court. … Full Definition »
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Criminal nuisance
The laws of criminal nuisance vary from state to state, but most states have several degrees of criminal nuisance. For example, NY Penal Code distinguishes Criminal nuisance in the second and first degree. A person is guilty of criminal nuisance in the second degree when: 1. By conduct either unlawful in itself or unreasonable under all the … Full Definition »
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Deadly force
Any force that carries a substantial risk that it will proximately result in the death of any person. … Full Definition »
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deadly weapon
Any weapon which can kill or bring great bodily harm. This includes not only weapons which are intended to do harm like a gun or knife, but also blunt instruments like clubs, baseball bats, wrenches, an automobile or any object which actually causes death. After Oklahoma bombing of 1995 chemical explosives have been recognized as deadly weapon. Knife or … Full Definition »
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death penalty
also known as capital panishment; maximum sentence for different kinds of murder, treason, death resulting from aircraft hijacking, and other federal crimes. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
driving under the influence (DUI)
is a crime of operating a vehicle when concentration of alcohol in your blood exceeds legally allowed level (.8 or above); or under the influence of drugs. Alcohol level of .8 means a 8/100ths to one-tenth of one percent by weight of alcohol to the weight of blood. If you are stopped by a police officer who believes you are under the influence of … Full Definition »
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extortion
the felonious act of extorting money by use of threats of violence. Extortion, as it is defined in Hobbs Act, is the obtaining of another person's property or money, with (his)(her) consent when this consent is induced or brought about through the use of actual or threatened force, violence or fear. (8 U.S.C. S 1951(b)(2)) A public (official)(employee) … Full Definition »
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public defender
- an elected or appointed public official (usually of a county), who is an attorney regularly assigned by the courts to defend people accused of crimes who cannot afford a private attorney. In larger counties the public defender has a large case load, numerous deputy public defenders and office staff. In each federal judicial district there is also a … Full Definition »
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