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30 terms

Peace Officer Vocab Wk.3

Week 3
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Constitution
Organic or fundamental law of a nation or state
Constitutional Right
Right guaranteed to a citizen by the US (or Texas) constitution
Constructive Possession
A condition where, under the law, a person who is not actually in possession of property is treated as if he were in possession
Construe
To ascertain the meaning of language or facts
Contempt of Court
Any act which is calculated to embarrass, hinder, or obstruct court in administration of justice (2) Behavior that violates court order
Contiguous
In close proximity
Contraband
An item that is illegal to possess, make, or distribute
Corporal Punishment
Physical punishment as distinguished from pecuniary punishment
Corpus Delicti
'Body of a crime,' the substance or foundation of a crime
Corroborate
To strengthen; add weight or credibility
Counterfeit
To forge; copy or imitated without right
Credibility
Worthiness of belief
Crime
An act or omission, forbidden by law
Criminal Episode
Commission of two or more offenses
Criminal Insanity
A mental disease or defect that makes it impossible for a person to know wrongfulness of acts
Criminal Intent
An intent to do an act which the law denounces
Criminal Law
Laws written by legislature that make certain behavior illegal and punishable by fines or imprisonment
Criminal Mischief
Intentional or knowing damage or destruction of property
Cross-Examination
At trial, the opportunity to question any witness, including your opponent
Culpable
Blamable; censurable
Curtilage
The enclosed space of grounds and building immediately surrounding a dwelling, as opposed to 'open field'
Deadly Force
Force that is intended or known by the actor to cause death or serious bodily injury
Death
The cessation of life
De Facto
State of affairs which actually exists and must be accepted for all practical purposes
Defamation
Taking from one's reputation
Defendant
The person against whom a lawsuit is filed
Demeanor
With respect to a witness or other person, related to physical appearance; includes tone of voice, carriage, etc
Deposition
Testimony of a witness taken upon oral or written interrogatories, not in open court
Desecrate
To violate sanctity of, to profane
Discharge
Act by which a person in confinement, held on accusation of crime, is set at liberty