Legal Articles

DEGREE OF CRIME

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

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DIRECTORY STATUTE

the regulation or the law that states an action must be carried out.

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DIRECT TAX

a tax that is imposed directly on property that is calculated according to the value of the property.

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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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DECLARATION OF DIVIDEND

the decision made by a board of directors to pay the stockholders a dividend for each share that they hold.

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DAMAGES AT LARGE

the award that there is no exact measurement for such as that for pain and suffering.

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DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER

the phrase that describes the slander or libel that has been printed or spoken that hurts a person’s reputation and character.

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DIVORCE SUIT

court contest between a couple who are divorced where one party is the defendant and the other is the plaintiff.

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DRAM SHOP ACT

law holding the seller of intoxicating beverages liable when he serves drinks to a party that results in harm to the party.

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DEBAUCHERY

a term with several meanings used to describe sensual acts that are in excess of normal behaviour.

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DISABILITY TOTAL AND PERMANENT

an incapacity that totally prevents a person and continues to prevent them carrying out the duties of his job.

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DETERMINATION OF DEATH

the death when there are no vital signs seen to be present.

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DELIBERATE SPEED

This term means that the law or a regulation needs to be maintained or instituted without delay.

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DANGEROUS PER SE

the term given to something that is dangerous and can cause injury without any human intervention.

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