statutory offence

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Noun1.statutory offence - crimes created by statutes and not by common law
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
bigamy - the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
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The draft bill, which would make road deaths caused by accidents a statutory offence does not have a set figure on an alcohol limit or what kinds of drugs could be permitted.
This is only the third conviction for the statutory offence of corporate manslaughter and the penalty imposed in this case is a lot higher than any imposed on earlier offenders.
The bill creates the statutory offence of fraud, which can be committed in three ways: "where a person dishonestly makes a false representation, or wrongfully fails to disclose information, or secretly abuses a position of trust with intent to make a gain or to cause loss or to expose another to the risk of loss".
The Ontario Act contains a statutory offence for those found convicted of contravening the Act or regulations and provides for a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or both.
Tax partner designate Ms Jan Ellis said: 'Last month the Government announced a new statutory offence of evading income tax, which carries a maximum jail sentence of seven years, with unlimited fines.
It makes kidnap a statutory offence but failed to take account of cases still pending.
The attorney-general also proposed making child molestation a statutory offence, with tougher sentences.
The Act introduces a new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter.
So far there is no news on the private member's bill to define the desecration of war memorials as a statutory offence.
The burgeoning expense of self assessment could well be one of the triggers behind the government's current crackdown on income tax evasion, which becomes a statutory offence from January 1, 2001, and carries a maximum jail sentence of seven years.