Legal Term #1: DefendantThe person or commercial being who a complaint is filed against. A defendant is the one being pursued in a case.
Legal Term #2: AcquittalWhen it is decided there is insufficient evidence to support a conviction in a criminal defense case. Some attorneys strive for an acquittal if it does not seem there is enough evidence to charge their client.
Legal Term #3: DamagesMoney payed to the plaintiff, if a defendant is found guilty. This money can be for past damages or expenses or defer future wrongful actions.
Legal Term #4: LiabilityThe state of being responsible for an action, according to the law. When fault is placed, the individual or business is liable for the wrongful occurrence.
Legal Term #5: TortA wrongful act or infringement of a right leading to civil legal liability. This can also be explained as a negligent or intentional injury to a person or property.
Failure to use regular care resulting in damage or injury to something or someone.
Legal Term #7: TestifyWhen a witness or other individual is asked to orally present evidence during a trial. Someone who witnessed an incident may be asked to testify, as well as an individual who has been acquainted with the person on trial in the past.
Legal Term #8: StatuteA law that has passed through legislation and is now official.
Legal Term #9: PlaintiffAn individual or business who files an official complaint with the court system. The person who initiates a case is known as the plaintiff.
Legal Term #10: BriefA statement that is written and submitted in a trial proceeding that goes into detail to represent one side of the legal and factual arguments. This can help all parties get on the same page as to what the story is.
Hopefully you’ve now learned something new or gotten clarity on a specific term. If you’ve been involved in a legal incident, our experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is here for you. Whether you’re looking to see if you have a case on your hands or you are being pursued by another party, Gibbons Law Firm can help represent your case. We can provide you with legal counseling through the entire process. From clear communication methods to legal advice for your case, we would be honored to help with your legal matters.
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