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The legal system can be filled with confusing phrases and terms. This list should help you to understand that system a little better.
- Stealing. The unlawful taking and carrying away of property of another with the intent to keep it from the owner. This is a specific intent crime, and cannot occur accidentally. The crime is completed when the defendant actually or constructively possesses or controls the property, moves or hides it, and specifically intends to permanently deprive the owner of it.
- An attorney. A person authorized to practice law in a state to represent the legal interests of another person.
- A question that instructs a witness how to answer, or suggests which answer is desired. These questions are usually prohibited on direct examination.
- The Law Enforcement Information Network. A computer network accessed by police. L.EI.N (pronounced "lean") maintains a database that includes active arrest warrants, active PPOs, felony and high misdemeanor convictions, etc.