Legal Terminology and Law Definition of Criminal Defense

Federal Witness Security Program
Is a program authorized by Federal law since 1974 to protect witnesses in federal cases. Witnesses and their families typically get new identities with authentic documentation. Housing, medical care, job training and employment can also be provided. Subsistence funding to cover basic living expenses is also provided to the witnesses until they become … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
Force
Any violence, compulsion, or constraint physically exerted by any means upon or against a person or thing. Common examples of criminal force are assault and battery, sexual crimes … Full Definition »
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jaywalking
It is slang for crossing a street at a point other than an intersection or marked crosswalk, or crossing against a traffic signal indication. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Traffic & Moving Violations << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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 »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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 »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
Offender
"Offender" means any person who has been convicted of a crime for which he may be committed to the custody of the department and is at least one of the following: (a) committed to the custody of the department; (b) on probation; or (c) on parole. (Title 64, Chapter 13 d, Sec. 1) … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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 »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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 »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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 »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
robbery
Robbery is the unlawful taking or obtaining of personal property from the person or in the presence of another, against (his)(her) will, by means of actual or threatened force, or violence, or fear of injury, whether immediately or in the future, to (his)(her) person or property, or property in (his)(her) custody or possession, or the person or roperty of a … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
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Offender
"Offender" means any person who has been convicted of a crime for which he may be committed to the custody of the department and is at least one of the following: (a) committed to the custody of the department; (b) on probation; or (c) on parole. (Title 64, Chapter 13 d, Sec. 1) … Full Definition »
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