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Law that deals with crimes and their punishments.
criminal lawyer n.
(Law) the body of law dealing with the constitution of offences and the punishment of offenders
the body of laws dealing with criminal offenses and their punishment.
crim′inal law′yer, n.
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crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
judgment of conviction, sentence, conviction, condemnation - (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise"
partial verdict - (criminal law) a finding that the defendant is guilty of some charges but innocent of others
Riot Act - a former English law requiring mobs to disperse after a magistrate reads the law to them
nolo contendere, non vult - (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
insanity plea, plea of insanity - (criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time
charge, complaint - (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
plea bargain, plea bargaining - (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge; "his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor"; "plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested"
legal code - a code of laws adopted by a state or nation; "a code of laws"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
principal - (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement