The definition of criminal law is a body of legal regulations made by federal and state legislatures as well as by judges who set precedent (called common law).
An example of criminal law is laws prohibiting murder in the US.
that area of law which deals in any way with crimes and their punishments
Law that deals with crimes and their punishments.
- criminal lawyer
- attributive form of criminal law
- criminal-law professor
criminal law - Legal Definition
The area of law pertaining to the violation of offenses as well as the investigation, charging, prosecution, and punishment of offenders. See also civil law.