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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 institution, through coercion. Refraining from doing harm is sometimes called protection. Extortion is commonly practiced

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Subrogation Insurance Investigations for Private Detectives

What is Subrogation? Subrogation refers to circumstances in which an insurance company tries to recover expenses for an insurance claim it paid when another party was responsible for payment of the insurance claim.  Types of subrogation include: Indemnity insurer’s rights

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State Bar Associations and Legal Industry Groups: Resources for the Law

What is a Bar Association? In general, a bar association is a professional body of lawyers. Some bar associations are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdiction. Other bar associations are professional organizations dedicated to serving

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Restraining Order: Keeping Yourself Safe from Domestic Violence

A Restraining order is a form of legal injunction that is most commonly used in reference to domestic violence, harassment, stalking or sexual assault. In the United States, each state has some form of domestic violence restraining order law, and

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How to Find Legal Information and Law Resources on the Web

Private investigation work touches many different aspects of the law. Private investigators and police officers encounter situations related to legal issues such as personal rights, privacy laws, marital disputes, electronic surveillance, and many more. Having a clear understanding of the

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Attorneys, Lawyers and Law Firm Information for Private Detectives

An attorney, or lawyer, is a professional person authorized to practice law, conduct lawsuits, and give legal advice and/or represent others in legal matters or proceedings. A lawyer, according to Black’s Law Dictionary, is “a person learned in the law; as

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Expert Witnesses and Legal Experts for Court Trials and Cases

An expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person. Expert witnesses and legal experts are officially and legally relied upon

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Criminology: The Study of Crime and Criminal Behavior

What is Criminology? Criminology is a branch of social science that involves the study of crime in an individual and society.  Criminological research areas include the incidence and forms of crime as well as its causes and consequences. They also

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How to Retrieve United States Court Records Using the Internet

A court record is a general term that is used to describe legal records that are filed with the court system.  This may include records file with the county court, state court, and federal court.  Examples include records such as: Arrests

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Bail Bonds and Bail Bondsman: Making Sure Defendants Appear in Court

Bail Bonds A bail bond agent, bail bondsman, or bondsman, is a person or company that acts as a surety for a person who is accused of a crime. The bail bondsman pledges a sum of money or property as

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