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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.