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DISSOLUTE

This term is given to a person with no regard for the social standards expected of him and he behaves in a lewd, immoral and unrestrained way.

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DEGREE OF PROOF

the measure and the extent of evidence in a case and is the major factor in determining guilty or not guilty.

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DOWER BY COMMON LAW

A law in some states where a widow has the right to one-third of her husband’s land.

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DESPOIL

the term that means to take property away illegally from its rightful owner.

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DELINQUENCY PROCEEDING

the action that takes place in a juvenile court when a child is placed under the court’s jurisdiction.

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DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI)

This term is used to describe a person who is behind the wheel of a vehicle and is driving on public roads while under the influence of alcohol.

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DUMMY CORPORATION

This term is given to a company that functions as a legal enterprise but really has nor purpose at all in the corporation.

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DECISION RESERVED

This term applies to judges decision that is not made at the end of the testimony but is kept till a later date.

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DUAL CITIZENSHIP

the status a person can have when he is claimed by 2 countries to be a citizen and can travel on 2 passports.

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DISABILITY TEMPORARY

This an incapacity that a person is able to recover from.

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DISCRETIONARY DAMAGES

These are the damages that have been awarded by a jury that is impartial and after it has deliberated the case.

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DUE COURSE

the term that applies to course of events.

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DRUG ADDICT

a person who administers drugs out of habit and not because they need them.

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DETECTION

This term is used to mean to find or make a discovery, find a criminal and to bring out any facts that have been hidden.

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DIVIDED CUSTODY

This term applies when a divorced or separated couple share the custody of any children.

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DESECRATE

a term used to mean to treat sacrilegiously or to violate the sanctity of a sacred thing.

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DECREE INTERLOCUTORY

A decision that is made during a suit that will clarify and decide a point that has been raised.

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DISBARMENT PROCEEDING

the phrase used when the license to practice is taken away from an attorney.

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DEATH BRAIN

See brain death.

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DEGREE OF CRIME

a consideration that is used to determine the degree of a sentence.

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