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crim·i·nal law

(krimĭ-năl law)
Legislation dealing with crime and its punishment.

criminal law

The area of the law relating to violations of statutes that pertain to public offenses or acts committed against the public. For example, a health care provider can be prosecuted for criminal acts such as assault and battery, fraud, and abuse.
See also: law

criminal law

the law as defined in the Crimes Act, or similar relevant act, which defines what are criminal offences and therefore come within the scope of the Act. The attitude taken is that the part of the offended party in the confrontation to be enacted is the state acting as the champion of all the people.
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The figures revealed that a total of 5,119 people in Wales were prosecuted for crimes against women and girls between April 2014 and April 2015.
The policy, which will be issued on Wednesday, will aim to clarify when individuals are more likely to be prosecuted or more likely not to be prosecuted.
But 38 were issued with penalty notice fines and a further 60 were prosecuted in the courts, with the majority being given fines and 20 placed on parenting orders.
A range of other bad habits behind the wheel including tailgating and using a hand-held mobile phone, which are currently prosecuted as careless driving, could also be moved up into the dangerous driving category.
Health care fraud and abuse will continue to be investigated and prosecuted by the federal government.
Eight of the 17 arrested in Los Angeles are to be prosecuted on federal felony charges, including firearms violations and re-entry into the United States after deportation, while the rest are being prosecuted on state and local charges or are being held on immigration-administrative complaints and face deportation.
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With writer Dugoni, Hilldorfer tells of his investigation, providing an insider's look at how environmental crimes are prosecuted.
The government nevertheless prosecuted Hanousek, a federal jury convicted him, and he received a sentence of six months in prison, six months in a halfway house, six months of post-release supervision, and a $5,000 fine.
SCOTLAND'S HIGHEST CRIMINAL COURT ruled for the first time that corporations can be prosecuted for the offense of "culpable homicide.
Despite the high publicity of vigilante activity and extensive documentation of the incidents by advocacy groups and the Mexican government, very few cases have ever been prosecuted against vigilante incidents across Arizona.