presentence investigation

noun
pre·​sen·​tence investigation | \ ˌprē-ˈsent-ᵊns- \

Legal Definition of presentence investigation

: an investigation made by a probation officer in preparing a presentence report

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“Presentence investigation.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/presentence%20investigation. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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