Understanding Basic Legal Jargons

Your Guide to Understanding Basic Legal Jargons

There will come a time when you need the expertise of lawyers. When this happens, it pays to be ready. Lawyers at Elliott Sauter, PLLC will ensure that you will have the best possible outcome for whatever legal matters you seek to resolve. After finding the right lawyer, you are then faced with other concerns but it is imperative that you understand everything.

familiarizing the legal jargons

You are not a lawyer so you are not expected to know the nitty-gritty of the law but you have to at least know the basic. You can start with familiarizing the legal jargons. Understanding the legal jargons or terminologies can make a difference at the end of the day. Here are a few words you need to be familiar with:

•White-collar crimes: High-ranking professionals and officials usually commit white-collar crimes. People with authority commit white-collar crimes because they have access to hefty amounts. Furthermore, white-collar crimes are non-violent in nature. It merely seeks to gain financial profitability.

•Blue-collar crimes: Regular individuals usually commit blue-collar crimes. It is associated with crimes committed by an individual from the lower class. The crimes are violent like fights, sexual assault, burglary, theft, narcotic distribution, assault and even murder.
•Lawsuit: Lawsuit refers to a claim brought to a specific court of law for adjudication.

• Adjudication: Adjudication is a legal process where a judge reviews the arguments and evidence to determine the obligations and rights of the involved parties.

•Settlement: Settlement refers to the official agreement, which is intended to resolve a conflict or dispute.

•Damages: Damages refer to the monetary compensation for an injury or other personal losses.

•Misdemeanor: It is a lesser crime still punishable by law for less than one year.

•Felony: Felony is a crime usually violent in nature. It is actually more serious than a misdemeanor. Felony is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

•Fraud: Fraud is a type of white-collar crime. It refers to the deliberate false representation of facts intended to deceive one or more people.

•Embezzlement: Embezzlement means misappropriation of resources. It is characterized by taking money from someone and put it into a personal account.

•Money laundering: Money laundering is a term used to describe the action of filtering illegal money and converting it into what seems to be a legitimate business.

• Prima facie: Prima facie is a Latin word for “at first look”.

•Punishment: Punishment refers to a penalty sanctioned by the law. It is inflicted upon a person for the commission of a particular crime or misdemeanor. The penalty will depend on the severity of the case.

Now that you know these things, you have a clear understanding of many things now. If you are still in doubt, do not hesitate to call Elliott Sauter, PLLC. Legal jargons are complicated but if you take time to know it, you will be knowledgeable in no time.