criminal law
criminal law n: public law that deals with crimes and their prosecution compare civil law
◇ Substantive criminal law defines crimes, and procedural criminal law sets down criminal procedure. Substantive criminal law was originally common law for the most part. It was later codified and is now found in federal and state statutory law.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

criminal law
Criminal law is the contravention of rules imposed by the Crown. It is imposed by way of fines, imprisonment or other sanctions by the Crown or its various agencies which are given powers to prosecute under legislation; e.g. local authority trading standards officers (products), the Health and Safety Executive (workplace safety) and the Environment Agency.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.


criminal law
n.
The branch of law that deals with the prosecution and punishment of criminals; the body of law that determines what constitutes a crime and what constitutes suitable punishment.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


criminal law
Laws written by Congress and state legislators that make certain behavior illegal and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Criminal law also includes decisions by appellate courts that define crimes and regulate criminal procedure in the absence of clear legislated rules. By contrast, civil laws are not punishable by imprisonment. In order to be found guilty of a criminal law, the prosecution must show that the defendant intended to act as he did; in civil law, you may sometimes be responsible for your actions even though you did not intend the consequences. For example, civil law makes you financially responsible for a car accident you caused but didn't intend.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


criminal law
n. The area of law pertaining to the violation of offenses as well as the investigation, charging, prosecution, and punishment of offenders.
See also civil law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


criminal law
A body of rules and statutes that defines conduct prohibited by the government because it threatens and harms public safety and welfare and that establishes punishment to be imposed for the commission of such acts.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


criminal law
A body of rules and statutes that defines conduct prohibited by the government because it threatens and harms public safety and welfare and that establishes punishment to be imposed for the commission of such acts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

criminal law
n.
   those statutes dealing with crimes against the public and members of the public, with penalties and all the procedures connected with charging, trying, sentencing and imprisoning defendants convicted of crimes.
   See also: crime, felony, misdemeanor

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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