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criminal law

The burden of proof is greater in criminal law than in civil law.
  the body of law dealing with crimes against the state (like burglary) and their punishment as contrasted to civil law in which individuals can sue each other
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criminal law criminal code criminal litigation
Strongly Associated with:   common law, statutory law, administrative law, civil law, civil law
A criminal case can send a defendant to prison or even impose the death penalty as compared to only imposing fines in a civil case.  Accordingly, the standard of proof in criminal cases is "beyond reasonable doubt" which is a stronger standard than the preponderance of evidence required for civil law.
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  • The burden of proof is greater in criminal law than in civil law.
  • Atticus Finch rarely took a criminal case; he had no taste for criminal law.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Figuring out Alabama civil and criminal law while managing death penalty cases in several other states kept me very busy.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It is an axiom of criminal law, and, consequently, you understand its full application.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • If the terminology of our criminal law could be applied to the realm of art, we would have to say that what Mr. Roark delivered constitutes the equivalent of spiritual embezzlement.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There was a bookcase in the room; I saw from the backs of the books, that they were about evidence, criminal law, criminal biography, trials, acts of Parliament, and such things.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • They persisted in pleading Not Guilty to first-degree murder, so there was nothing much Atticus could do for his clients except be present at their departure, an occasion that was probably the beginning of my father’s profound distaste for the practice of criminal law.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Neither we nor our clients are unaware of the provisions of the criminal code," replied Bram.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And then the usual denouement after the fun had gone on fast and furious he got 1190 landed into hot water and had to be spirited away by a few friends, after a strong hint to a blind horse from John Mallon of Lower Castle Yard, so as not to be made amenable under section two of the criminal law amendment act, certain names of those subpoenaed being handed in but not divulged for reasons which will occur to anyone with a pick of brains.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • For, of course, as Mr. Griffiths and his son so well knew, in Utica, New York City, Albany (and now that he came to think of it, more particularly in Albany, where were two brothers, Canavan & Canavan, most able if dubious individuals), there were criminal lawyers deeply versed in the abstrusities and tricks of the criminal law.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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  • If you make the criminal code sanguinary, juries will not convict.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Every country’s criminal code is very severe.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The expert had stated in his column that Advokat Giannini was a respected women’s rights lawyer, but that she had absolutely no experience in criminal law outside this case.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "So," said I, "you consider crime a mere spasmodic disease, which requires no body of criminal law to deal with it?"
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • A political condemnation in the United States may, therefore, be looked upon as a preventive measure; and there is no reason for restricting the judges to the exact definitions of criminal law.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The legislators of the United States, who have mitigated almost all the penalties of criminal law, still make rape a capital offence, and no crime is visited with more inexorable severity by public opinion.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • You don’t know Article Nine of the Criminal Code.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • I was not in the habit of reading the New Hampshire Criminal Code; going through the sections and subsections was like navigating through molasses.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • During the Defiance Campaign, the Public Safety Act and the Criminal Law Amendment Act were passed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Volkovoi had put up with the reference to the criminal code but this made him wince and, like black lightning, he flashed: "Ten days in the guardhouse."
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • "Well," said I, "that is understood, and I agree with it; but how about crimes of violence? would not their occurrence (and you admit that they occur) make criminal law necessary?"
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Well, you have no civil law, and no criminal law.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Therefore, under the New Hampshire criminal code 630:5, subsection XIV, it would be impractical for the commissioner of corrections to carry out the punishment of death by lethal injection.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • A sentence of death carried out by hanging, however, would not only he allowed by the criminal code, but also would allow the defendant to practice his religion up to the moment of his execution.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Said he: "In your sense of the word, we have no criminal law either.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
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Associated words [difficulty]:   criminal law [7] , common law [4] , statutory law [3] , civil law [8] , civil law [9] , statutory law [3] , common law [4] , canon law [8] , civil law [8] , public law [8] , civil law [9]
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