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A dictionary of legal terms including appeals, felonies, consultation,misdemeanors, etc and link to further definitions

DEFINITION OF LEGAL TERMS

Appeals:  a proceeding in which a case is brought before a higher court for review of a lower court's judgment for the purpose of convincing the higher court that the lower court's judgment was incorrect 

Consultation:  a meeting or conference with an attorney for  discussion of a particular issue.

Felonies:  an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, especially those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.

Injunctions:  An injunction is available as a remedy for harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law. Thus it is used to prevent a future harmful action rather than to compensate for an injury that has already occurred, or to provide relief from harm for which an award of money damages is not a satisfactory solution or for which a monetary value is impossible to calculate. A defendant who violates an injunction is subject to penalty for contempt. 

Misdemeanors:   a crime that carries a less severe punishment than a felony .  A crime punishable by a fine and by a term of imprisonment not to be served in a penitentiary and not to exceed one year. 

Probation:  the suspension of all or part of a sentence and its replacement by freedom subject to specific conditions and the supervision of a probation officer.

Representation: the act or action by a lawyer of providing legal advice to a client and appearing (as in court) to speak and act on the client's behalf. 

Trials:  
  1. the examination before a judicial tribunal of the facts put in issue in a cause, often including issues of law as well as those of fact.
  2. the determination of a person's guilt or innocence by due process of law.

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