the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
The area of law pertaining to crime and punishment.
Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates social conduct and proscribes threatening, harming, or otherwise endangering the health, safety, and moral welfare of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal law differs from civil law, whose emphasis is more on dispute resolution and victim compensation than on punishment.
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A branch of law that defines criminal offenses, regulates the apprehension, charging and trial of suspected persons, and fixes the penalties and modes of treatment applicable to convicted offenders.
The numerical value of criminal law in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of criminal law in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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It can impact policies not just on whether they go after individuals or organizations, it can impact how aggressive you get with the use of criminal law, as opposed to civil law or regulatory actions.
Member states may prohibit and punish, as a matter of criminal law, the illegal exercise of transport activities in the context of the UberPOP service, without notifying the Commission of the draft law in advance.
Because almost all the laws are so new, law enforcement are still getting the hang of how to apply them, at our firm, we have so many cases where (complainants) go to law enforcement and are turned away, even in states that have the criminal law.
Typically in criminal law, motive is not an element of a criminal offense, however, motive can be evidence of your intent (to commit a crime). Why you did something can tell us about what you meant to do when it happened. Hate crimes require that (an intent to commit crime) be motivated by some animus, some hatred of other people.
People have tried to stick this label on us, even people who use criminal law to persecute people of nontraditional orientation. Some U.S. states make it a crime, and though as far as I know these laws are not actually applied and the Supreme Court has suspended them, but they are nevertheless still on the books. We have no criminal penalties.
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- trestní právoCzech
- derecho penalSpanish
- rikoslaki, rikosoikeusFinnish
- droit criminel, droit pénalFrench
- derecto criminalInterlingua
- refsiréttur, refsilög, hegningarlögIcelandic
- diritto penaleItalian
- 刑法, 형법Korean
- direito criminal, direito penalPortuguese
- dreptul penalRomanian
- уголовное правоRussian
- luật hình sựVietnamese
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