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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.

acronyms

Acronyms for Private Investigations, Law Enforcement and and Legal Profession

Following is a list of acronyms and terminology related to the investigations industryABA = American Bankers Association ACA = American Correctional Association ADW...
judge

Judge: A Person who Presides Over Legal Proceedings a Court of Law

What is a Judge? A judge is a person, either a man or a woman, who presides over a court of law. Most judges preside...
Misdemeanor crime

Misdemeanor Crimes: An Overview of the Crime and the Punishment

What is a misdemeanor? A misdemeanor is generally considered to be a "lesser" criminal act. Misdemeanors are generally punished much less severely than felonies. Many...
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...
Tort crimes

Tort Crimes and Punishment in Criminal Law

A tort is a wrong that involves a breach of a civil duty owed to someone else. It is differentiated from a crime, which involves...
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...
Theft

Theft: Illegally taking another persons property without their consent

What is Theft? Theft, in its simplest terms is stealing. Theft occurs when a person takes, or steals, property or items that do not belong...
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

Summons and Subpoenas: Legal Commands to Appear in a Court of Law

What is a summons? Legally, a summons is a legal document issued by a court (known as a judicial summons) or by an administrative agency...
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...