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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.

Search and seizure

Search and Seizure, Probable Cause Laws and Guidelines

  Following is an overview of probable cause and search and seizure laws and guidelines. Probable Cause: Reasonable Justification for Legal Arrests, Searches and Warrants What is...
Theft steadling

Theft, Larceny and Grand Larceny: Stealing Property without Consent

Following is an overview of crimes related to theft, including a description of the general act of stealing and the charges of larceny and...
Courtroom and gavel

Plaintiffs and Defendants: Two Sides to a Legal Court Case

Plaintiffs and Defendants are the two major players in a legal case or lawsuit. Following is a description of each. The Plaintiff A plaintiff, also known...
arrest

An Explanation of Arrests, Arrest Warrants and Search Warrants

An arrest is the act of depriving a person of his or her liberty, usually in relation to the investigation and prevention of crime. What...
legal books

Judges and Juries: Their Important Roles in the Legal System

What are the differences in the roles played by a Judge and a Jury in a Court Room? What is a Judge? A judge is a...
legal books

An Explanation of Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes and Punishments

Misdemeanors and felonies are two different types of criminal acts. Below is an explanation of each type of crime. A misdemeanor is generally considered to...
acronyms

Acronyms for Private Investigations, Law Enforcement and and Legal Profession

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