Glossary of Investigation, Legal and Law Terms

Following is a list of terms related to private investigations, law enforcement, and the legal process.

These investigation definitions are provided to help private investigators and police to understand the meaning of various legal terms used by lawyers, attorneys, law enforcement, and other legal professionals. During the course of their work, detectives will have many interactions with attorneys. Having an understanding of the terms and their definitions will help private investigators “speak the language” of their craft.

Click on a term in the list below to view the definition and recommendations for additional resources related to the term.

Our list of private investigation and legal terms is constantly growing, so check back often.

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