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Prosecute

To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial.

The state, on behalf of the people, generally prosecutes a defendant accused of a crime.

prosecute

v. 1) in criminal law, to charge a person with a crime and thereafter pursue the case through trial on behalf of the government. This is normally the function of the District Attorney (called States Attorney or city prosecutor in some places) and the United States Attorney in federal criminal cases. A state Attorney General may prosecute in crimes of statewide importance, and the United States Attorney General, through the Solicitor General, may prosecute for crimes involving matters of national significance. 2) to conduct any legal action by a lawyer on behalf of a client, including both civil and criminal cases, but most commonly referring to prosecution for crimes. (See: prosecution, prosecutor, District Attorney, Attorney General)

prosecute

(Carry forward), verb advance, be resolute in, be steadfast, bring about, bring to pass, carry on, carry out, conduct, continue, follow up, go after, maintain, persevere in, persist, proceed with, pursue, put through
Associated concepts: dismissal for want of prosecution, faillre to prosecute, prosecute a claim, prosecute an action

prosecute

(Charge), verb accusare, arraign, bring accion against, bring before a court, bring suit, bring to justice, file a charge, file a claim, prefer a claim, prefer charges, prooeed against civilly, proceed against criminally, sue, summon, take one to court
Associated concepts: prosecute for a criminal offense, prosscuting attorney
See also: accuse, arraign, charge, complain, incriminate, lodge, pursue
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