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A court case that starts because of a crime.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
Criminal case is defined as a case brought by the government against a person accused of committing a crime.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
A case brought by the government, through a prosecutor, against a person thought to have broken the law. (Criminal law is a broad field of the law involving action taken by the state against a person accused of committing a crime.)
Colorado Bar Association. “Glossary of Legal Terms”