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Glossary of Legal Terms

Glossary of private investigation terms and legal definitions for private investigators, police and legal professionals. Look up the meaning of legal terms related to law enforcement, case law, crime scene investigations and more.

extortion

Extortion: Illegally Obtaining Money and Property from Others

What is Extortion? Extortion is a criminal offense which occurs when a person unlawfully obtains either money, property or services from a person, entity, or...
wiretapping

Telephone Tapping and Wire Tap Tools and Technology

What is Telephone Tapping / Wire Tapping? Telephone tapping (or wire tapping / wiretapping) is the process of monitoring telephone and Internet conversations by a...
Juvenile delinquency

Suspect: A Person Who Is Suspected of Committing a Crime

What is a suspect? In the United States criminal justice system, the person who is suspected by law enforcement of committing a crime is known...
Serving a summons

Subpoenas and Summons: Commanding Witnesses to Testify in a Legal Case

What is a subpoena? A subpoena, sometimes referred to as a summons, is a writ issued by a court of law that commands the presence...
legal bond

Statute of Limitations: Maximum Period of Time to be Prosecuted of a Crime

A statute of limitations is a legal statute in that sets forth the maximum period of time, after certain events have occurred, that legal...
Legal items

Solicitation: Offering Money to Incite Someone to Commit a Crime

What is Solicitation? In the United States, solicitation is the name of a crime that consists of a situation where a person offers money or something...
Sexual assault

Sexual Assault: Investigating Sex Crimes and Physical Abuse Cases

Sexual assault is an assault of a sexual nature on another person. Although these types of assaults are committed most frequently by a man on...
racketeering

Racketeering: Illegal Businesses Run by Organized Crime Organizations

What is Racketeering? A racket is an illegal business, usually run as part of organized crime.  Engaging in a racket is referred to as racketeering. Several...
perjury

Perjury: Lying under oath in a court of law or criminal proceeding

Perjury is basically lying in court.  Perjury is officially defined as the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the...
Paralegal

Paralegals: Legal Assistants to Attorneys and Lawyers

What is a Paralegal? Paralegal is a term used to describe people who assist lawyers in their legal work. The profession originated as an assistant or...