official misconduct in office | Definition

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

Official misconduct in office is a criminal offense that refers to any act or omission by a public official that violates their duties and responsibilities while carrying out their official duties.

In criminal law, official misconduct in office typically involves an abuse of power or authority by a public official, and can include acts such as bribery, extortion, embezzlement, theft, or fraud.

Official misconduct in office can occur at any level of government and can involve elected or appointed officials, law enforcement officers, or other government employees. To be considered official misconduct in office, the act or omission must be intentional or knowingly committed, and must relate to the public official’s official duties or responsibilities.

The penalties for official misconduct in office can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the jurisdiction where the offense occurred. In general, official misconduct in office is considered a serious crime and can result in significant fines, imprisonment, and a loss of the public official’s job or position.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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