alias | Definition


In a criminal justice context, the term alias refers to a name that is different from a person’s true legal name and is used instead of their real name.

An alias is often used by a person who is trying to conceal their true identity for some reason, such as to avoid detection by law enforcement or to commit a crime. A person may use an alias to avoid being found by creditors or to evade detection in connection with a criminal investigation. Sometimes, a person may use an alias as part of their employment, such as in the entertainment industry, where stage names are common. When a person uses an alias, they may be referred to as an “alias offender” or “alias suspect.” In law enforcement, it is important to identify and track individuals using any aliases they may have in order to track their activities and criminal history accurately.

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