Offence (law)

Offence (law)

In law, an offence is a violation of the criminal law (a.k.a. penal law).

In England and Wales, as well as in Hong Kong the term "offence" means the same thing as, and is interchangeable with, the term "crime".[1]

The term offence can include misdemeanour and felony.[citation needed]

In common law usage, 'offence' differs from 'crime' in that there is typically no victim, but the action remains prohibited by statute.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Glanville Williams, Learning the Law, Eleventh Edition, Stevens, 1982, page 3

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