For the past three decades, every state in America worked to address and strengthen their DUI laws (including replacing the old DWI with the more accurate, inclusive DUI). Arizona in particular enacted a variety of strict penalties against drivers convicted of DUI, even on first offenses, which include an ignition interlock device One of these penalties is the ignition …
Sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support, spousal maintenance is determined according to a variety of factors, including but not limited to the length of the marriage and the needs of the spouse requesting maintenance.
Litigation lit·i·ga·tion /ˌlitəˈgāSHən/ noun Another term for a lawsuit, controversy or case. All participants in such a case are known as ‘litigants’. The company wishes to avoid litigation. Synonyms:legal proceedings, legal action, lawsuit, legal dispute, legal case, case, suit, prosecution, indictment
Mistrial mis·tri·al /ˈmisˌtrī(ə)l/ noun When a fundamental error results in a trial being rendered invalid. Once the judge rules a mistrial, a new jury must be selected and the trial begins again. After the critical evidence was compromised, the judge had to rule a mistrial.
Testimony tes·ti·mo·ny /ˈtestəˌmōnē/ noun Relates to oral testimony given by witnesses before a Grand Jury or during a trial. The witness appeared before the court to give his testimony. Synonyms: evidence, sworn statement, attestation, affidavit, statement, declaration, assertion, affirmation; allegation, submission, claim, deposition
Uphold up·hold /ˌəpˈhōld/ verb When the appellate court agrees with the decision made by a lower court and allows it to stand. The prosecutor wondered if the appellate court would uphold his claim for damages. Synonyms:confirm, endorse, sustain, approve, agree to, support champion, defend
Damages dam·ag·es /ˈdamijes/ noun If the plaintiff wins a civil case, the defendant must pay a sum of money. These damages can be punitive (punishment/prevent future poor conduct) or compensatory (for injury/loss). The defendant had to pay $100,000 in punitive damages according to the judge. Synonyms: compensation, recompense, restitution, redress, reparation(s); indemnification, indemnity
Defendant de·fend·ant /diˈfendənt/ noun The person/business whom the lawsuit is filed against. The defendant had to pay $100,000 in punitive damages according to the judge. Synonyms: accused, appellant, litigant, respondent; suspect
Dismissal Without Prejudice dis·miss·al with·out prej·u·dice /disˈmisəl/wiTHout/ˈprejədəs/ noun A court action which allows the same lawsuit to be filed at a future date. The suit may come up again because the judge issued a dismissal without prejudice.
Hearsay hear·say /ˈhi(ə)rˌsā/ noun Refers to evidence provided by a witness who did not hear or see the incident in question but heard about it from another individual. Generally speaking, hearsay is deemed to be inadmissible as evidence. Everything they told the man they heard from others would have been ruled out as hearsay. Synonyms: rumor, gossip, tittle-tattle, idle talk; …
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