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It was Sex Crimes. However, this title was dropped for obvious reasons.

17 although the greater the age gap between victim and suspect the more seriously it is regarded and punished. 18 is the federal limit for appearing in pornography.

The following are under the SVU's remit:

* Any child under 11 years of age who is the victim of abuse by a parent or person legally responsible for the care of the child.

* Any child under 13 years of age who is the victim of any sex crime or attempted sex crime.

* Any victim of rape (all degrees) or attempted rape (all degrees).

* Any victim of a criminal sexual act (all degrees) or attempted criminal sexual act (all degrees).

* Victims of aggravated sexual abuse (all degrees).

* Victims of sexual abuse 1st degree.

They also deal with children, handicapped and elderly victims of non-sexual crimes who require specialist handling.

The Special Victims Unit does not investigate any murder, robbery, or child pornography cases. Murders and robberies are investigated by precinct detective squads. If a sex crime is involved, the Special Victims Unit may assist in the investigation. Child pornography is investigated by the NYPD Vice Enforcement Sexual Exploitation of Children Unit.

Christopher Meloni who played him could not agree a new contract with the producers and left the series. Within the show this was explained as Stabler resigning from the NYPD off-screen because of the trauma of having to kill a young girl during a shootout at the SVU squad-room.

1PP - 1 Police Plaza, NYPD headquarters.

Tombs - Custody cells.

Bus - Paramedic Ambulance.

C.I - Confidential Informant.

C.S.U - Crime Scene Unit, Forensic Technician Personel. The unit is responsible for forensic investigations of homicides and sexual assaults, as well as other crimes as deemed necessary. Members of the Crime Scene Unit assist the precinct detectives in the processing of a crime scene as well as determining the proper routing of evidence. The Crime Scene Unit has many tools at its disposal to process a crime scene including the materials needed to develop fingerprints, cast footwear and tire impressions, follow the trajectory of bullets fired through windows and the chemicals necessary to observe blood under special lighting conditions that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. The unit is also trained to process a crime scene in a hazardous environment, for example following a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

M.E - Medical Examiner, a physician, and a specialist in pathology or forensic science. Duties always include determining the cause, time, and manner of death. This uses the same investigatory skills of a police detective in most cases, because the answers are available from the circumstances, scene, and recent medical records. In many American jurisdictions any death not certified by the person's own physician must be referred to the M.E.

C.O.D - Cause of Death.

T.O.D - Time of Death.

E.S.U - Emergency Services Unit, is a police tactical unit which provides specialized equipment, expertise and support to the various units within the police departments. These police forces do not have a traditional S.W.A.T. unit. The Emergency Service Unit qualifies in the role of a S.W.A.T. unit and much more. From auto accidents to building collapses to hostage situations, "ESU" officers are called on when the situation requires advanced equipment and expertise.

T.A.R.U - Technical Assistance Response Unit a unit of the New York City Police Department who provides investigative technical equipment and tactical support to all bureaus within the department, in addition they also provide assistance to other City, State and Federal agencies.

LUDs - Local usage details, a list of a person's incoming and outgoing phone calls over a specified period of time. While LUDs are easy to obtain for police, they're not readily available at a cop's whim. Phone records are treated as private information, so investigators must prove to a judge that the search is warranted, in which case, the judge will grant a court order for the phone company to provide a suspect's LUDs.

Fishing expedition - when the police conduct a search they must have a definitive object in mind, they cannot just search in the hope of turning up some random evidence.

Hearsay - second hand witness testimony, a person repeating what they heard another say.

Miranda - the formal warning police are required to give suspects on arrest advising them of their right to remain silent, have legal council etc.

Lawyerd up - A suspect who invokes their right to not say anything and await their lawyer which the justice system will provide them.

Pro Se - A legal term used for someone who opts to represent himself/herself either in a criminal or civil court proceeding. While Pro Se is the proper term for it in New York, other jurisdictions call it Pro Per. A popular phrase associated with this is "He/she who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client. This is because self-representation is considered the most foolish act in the legal profession because private citizens don't have as much knowledge of the legal system at their disposal and don't have the same resources an attorney has to research and prepare for their case.

Probable Cause - The police having a reasonable degree of evidence to justify their actions.

'Fruit of the poisoned tree' - evidence that has been obtained improperly which may therefore be excluded from court. For instance a police officer searches a suspect and finds a weapon which is then linked to a murder. However the search is then ruled to be illegal due to insufficient grounds so the defence can argue that the evidence of the weapon should not be allowed to be introduced as part of the murder case.

Habeas Corpus - Latin for 'produce the body', that the accused should be able to confront their accuser in court, a legal principle dating back all the way to Magna Carta.

Man One/Two/Three - Manslaughter in the 1st/2nd/3rd Degree.

Murder One/Two/Three - Murder in the 1st/2nd/3rd Degree.

At least 4. Roger Barry in 'Redemption' (S3 Ep6), Lincoln Harer in 'Closet' (S9 Ep16), Malcom Esten in 'Unstable' (S11 Ep 1) and Omar Pena in 'Justice Denied' (S13 Ep 17) .

American law allows for the 'false deception ploy' where the police can claim to have evidence (fingerprints, DNA, CCTV, witnesses) they do not in order to gain a confession, the idea being that any innocent person would know such evidence could not exist and see through it. This has become increasingly controversial however due to cases such as the Central Park 5 rape case where the suspects were told their co-defendants were saying they were responsible so they accused them in turn only to be exonerated years later.

No, they can enter in hot pursuit, to preserve life, to prevent imminent destruction of evidence or to search for a wanted felon. They need a search warrant for evidence when those elements do not apply.

The police will arrest and interview suspects if they think there is sufficient evidence against them. It is then up to the District Attorney's (D.A) Office to decide if there is enough evidence to charge. If there is then a representative from the DA's office an Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A) will bring the accused before a Judge for an arraignment hearing, to decide when and where they will be put on trial and if they will get bail (released either on their own word or with a monetary security deposit) or be held in custody in the meantime. Afterwards the DA will go before the Grand Jury and present their case and the Grand Jury decides if there is enough evidence to justify them going to trial. The prosecution has the duty of disclosure, presenting all their evidence to the defence for them to be able to refute. The onus for conviction is on the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant doesn't have to prove their innocence, its up to the prosecution to establish their guilt. The defence lawyers have a duty of confidentiality towards their clients much like a doctor but there are exceptions such as information which threatens life. As officers of the court both defence and prosecution have a responsibility to report any malpractice in the system.

The Bush administration introduced laws to counter child sex tourism, making it an offence to travel to a foreign country in order to have sex with anyone who would be underage in the United States (the age of consent in countries like Germany is 14 and as low as 12 in some parts of Mexico). However this has proved extremely hard to enforce as it is necessary to prove their specific intent for the trip rather than them forming the idea once they were abroad. The same principle applies to transporting minor across state lines, it must be proven that the intent was to have sex with them in a state where it would be legal.

Jeffries was forced to take a different position because of her deteriorating mental state. During a psych interview which she assumed was confidential, she admitted to having sex with a suspect outside of work, compromising her reliability and reputation in SVU. Stabler was also a concern, but after a few counseling sessions, he was left alone to continue his work.

Munch eventually retired but makes occasional reappearances in the show. His removal may have had to do with the actor (Richard Belzer) wanting to pursue other work, or it may have been decided that he was too old to be realistically working in law enforcement anymore. Nonetheless, Munch has appeared on other shows such as "Homicide" and "The X-Files".


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