habitual offender | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

A habitual offender is a legal term used to describe a person who has been convicted of multiple crimes, usually over a period of time.

The definition and criteria for being classified as a habitual offender vary depending on the jurisdiction, but generally, it is used to increase the punishment for repeat offenders.

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Last Modified: 01/13/2023


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