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Crime and the law


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law-abiding
Adhering to the law
solicitor
An attorney who advises clients on legal matters
defendant
n. one who is being sued or charged with a crime
jury
a group of, usually twelve, people sworn to deliver a true verdict according to the evidence upon a case presented in a court of law
grand jury
A jury of 12 to 23 persons convened in private session
petit jury
A jury that sits at civil and criminal trials
offender
one that breaks a public law
victim
One who is harmed or killed by another
barrister
lawyer (US)
commit
to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
acquit
v. find not guilty in a court of law
parole
Early release of a prisoner who is then subject to continued monitoring as well as compliance with certain terms and conditions for a specified period
to sentence
to pronounce sentence on (a convicted person) in a court of law
release
To set free from confinement, restraint, or bondage
verdict
The finding of a jury in a trial
rehabilitate
(v.) to make over in good form; to restore to good condition or to a former position
reform
v. change for the better
Retribution
Vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses
custody
The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police
custodial sentence
where your liberty is restricted i.e. a prison sentence or stay in a youth justice centre
community service
an opportunity to atone for a crime through benefiting the environment in some way
lenient
adj. not strict
corporal
of the body
capital punishment
death sentence
deterrent
something that prevents a desired action, such as through fear