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larceny
the trespassory taking and carrying away (asportation) of the personal property of another with intent to steal. Also, the wrongful taking of the personal property of another, with intent to steal.

lascivious
that which is obscene or lewd, or which tends to cause lust

last act test
in the crime of attempt, a test which asks whether the accused had taken the last step or act towards commission of the offense, and had performed all that he intended to do and was able to do in an attempt to commit the crime, but for some reason the crime was not completed.

law
that which is laid down, ordained, or established … a body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by controlling authority, and having binding legal force.

legal cause
a legally-recognizable cause. The type of cause that is required to be demonstrated in court in order to hold an individual criminally liable for causing harm.

legal consent
see effective consent.

lewd
obscene. Also, obscene behavior (lewdness).

loitering
the act of delaying, lingering, or to be idle about without lawful business for being present.

looting
burglary committed within an affected geographical area during an officially declared state of emergency, or during a local emergency resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot, or other natural or manmade disaster.

lynching
the taking, by means of riot, any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer.


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