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Defense

Defense can have a variety of meanings:

1. It is the facts, legal theories, arguments and evidence presented in opposition to a criminal charge or civil claim.

2. It is a legal justification for conduct that would otherwise be wrongful or illegal. For example, when a person kills someone to protect himself or another person, at his murder trial, he would claim self defense.

3. It is the team consisting of the defendant and his or her attorneys.