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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.

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...
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...
Kidnapping

Kidnapping: Taking and Holding Persons Against Their Will

What is Kidnapping? In criminal law, kidnapping is the taking away of a person against the person's will. Kidnapping usually involves the intention to hold...
Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile Delinquency, Bad Behavior by Young Teens and Teenagers

What is Juvenile Delinquency? Juvenile delinquency generally refers to illegal behavior by children or adolescents. The meaning and age of a juvenile varies from country...
Espionage and Spying

Espionage and Spying: Obtaining Secret or Classified Information

What is Espionage? Espionage or spying involves an individual obtaining information that is considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the...
Embezzlement

Embezzlement: Stealing Money or Property from a Company

What is Embezzlement? Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly appropriating or secreting assets, usually financial in nature, by one or more individuals to whom such...
criminologist

Criminologist: A Person Who Studies Crimes and Criminal Behavior

What is a criminologist? A criminologist is basically someone who studies crime.  Criminologists often work for law enforcement agencies or departments. They work with historical data...
crime scene tape

Crimes and Torts: Breaking Rules that Violate Law

Definition of a Crime Crime can be defined as the breach or breaking of one or more rules or laws for which some governing authority...
Sample Affidavit

Affidavit: A Document Representing the Legal Sworn Statement of Fact

What is an Affidavit? An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact that is signed by the original author, who is technically called the...
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