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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.

Arrest warrant

An Explanation of Arrest Warrants and Search Warrants

This article provides information on arrests, arrest warrants and search warrants. An arrest is defined as the act of depriving a person of his or...
List of Acronyms Used in Investigations

List of Acronyms Used in Investigations and Law Enforcement

Following is a List of Acronyms Used in Investigations and terminology related to the investigations industry. Refer to this list of investigation acronyms and our...
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...
Wire Tapping

Wire Tapping and Telephone Tapping Act and Penalties

What is Telephone Tapping / Wire Tapping? The telephone or wire tap received its name because the monitoring connection was an actual electrical tap that...

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 crime

Sexual Assault Crimes: Investigating Sex Abuse Cases

What is Sexual Assault? Sexual assault is an assault of a sexual nature on another person. Although these types of assaults are committed most frequently by...
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 a Person 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 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...
criminology

Criminology: The Study of Crime and Criminal Behavior

Criminology: The Study of Crime and Criminal Behavior Criminology is a branch of social science that involves the study of crime in an individual and...
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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