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Criminal Law Key Terms- BB

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crime
an offense committed against the public good, or society
defendant
a person who is accused of a crime
plaintiff
the party that accuses a person of a crime
prosecutor
the government official who brings the case against the defendant
felony
a major crime
misdemeanor
a less serious crime
infraction
a minor offense that is usually punishable with a fine and not with jail time
murder
the intentional killing of another person
manslaughter
killing another person without intending to do so
battery
the unlawful touching of another person
assault
an attempt to commit a battery
burglary
breaking and entering into a house at night to commit a felony
larceny
the unlawful taking of someone's personal property with the intent to keep the property away from that person
robbery
the wrongful taking of someone's property by threatening violence or using violence
vandalism
willful or malicious damage to property