Lesser Included Offense | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee


Course: Introduction / Criminal Law

A lesser included offense is a crime that makes up part of the legal definition of a more serious offense, such as breaking and entering that some burglary statutes require.

Most jurisdictions will not allow a defendant to be charged with a lesser included offense along with the more serious offense.

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Last Modified: 07/17/2021


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