statutory offense


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statutory offense

n.
A criminal offense declared and defined by statute, especially in contrast to a criminal offense declared and defined by the judiciary.

stat′utory offense′


n.
a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.statutory offense - 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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Scottish law does not include a statutory offense, but a common law offense of offending public decency.
The modern statutory offense of breaking and entering any building, not just a dwelling and not only in night with intent to commit a felony.
Sentencing for a particular statutory offense usually follows the definition of that offense.
violative of the same statutory offense, but separated by sufficient
Correspondingly, the culpability of offenders who commit the same statutory offense may vary.
(3) However, in two cases, defendants entered pleas of nolo contendere to the statutory offense of contempt, a misdemeanor, rather than stand trial for perjury, a felony.
2d 44 (Florida statutory offense of robbery embraces the common law rule that "the violence or intimidation [that is an element of the offense] must precede or be contemporaneous with the taking of the property"; although phrase "in the course of committing a robbery," as defined in [sections] 812.13(3), includes "flight after the attempt or commission [of the robbery]," that phrase only applies to the aggravating factor of carrying a weapon during the robbery, and thus did not expand definition of robbery).
When a legislature sets the maximum penalty for a statutory offense, it includes within that penalty an assessment of community preferences concerning the offense.(77) Because legislators are constantly in touch with their constituents, and legislators can modify statutory penalties whenever public sentiment shifts,(78) Courts reasonably can assume that the maximum statutory penalty accurately reflects community preferences.
In this third situation, there is no dispute that a subsequent prosecution is barred, under Blockburger, unless each statutory offense "requires proof of an additional fact which the other does not." (Blockburger, 284 U.S.
Legislation, he said, could take either of two forms: "One is the creation of a statutory offense of invasion of privacy.
In addition, these customs employees were likewise made liable for violation of Section 1431 (Statutory Offenses of Officers and Employees) of the CMTA.
The very presence of dissimilar elements within two statutory offenses provides a clear indication of contrary legislative intent,' McCullough said.

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