Defense

The legal representation by a defense attorney, on behalf of a client, the defendant, who is either charged with a crime or served with a lawsuit. A criminal defense includes the sum total of all actions taken on behalf of the accused by a criminal defense attorney. A civil defense includes the sum total of all action taken on behalf of the a civil defense attorney in a lawsuit. A civil defense, for example, is defending a tenant who is being evicted by the landlord. The tenant is called the defendant and the landlord is called the plaintiff.

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