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Definition of Allegation

An allegation is an assertion or claim made by one party in a legal proceeding. It is not considered truth but merely a claim by one party which they intend to prove as true. Generally, the party making the allegation has the burden of proof to prove the allegation is true by providing evidence. The defense provides evidence that the allegation is not true. Both parties may provide witnesses to support their case.

Allegations are also made outside of court when people are accused of crimes. If allegations are made publically and the reporting is not true and it causes damage to someone?s reputation the injured party may file a lawsuit to attempt to recover damages for their "injury."

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