legal rights

  

Definition

Legally guaranteed powers available to a legal entity in realization or defense of its just and lawful claims or interests (such as individual freedom) against 'The whole world.' Legal rights (like laws) affect every citizen, whether or not the existence such rights is publicly known.

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  • I knew I had some legal rights that could not be violated and I even tested them on the people that were there.

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  • Prior to the defendant's arrest he was made aware of his legal rights, which included the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, and the right to have an attorney present during police questioning.

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  • It is within the legal rights of a police officer to take your car from you if you are caught driving an unregistered vehicle.

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