perpetrator | Definition

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

A perpetrator is a person who has committed a crime or unlawful act.

They are the individual who is responsible for the criminal offense and who can be held accountable for their actions under the law. Perpetrators can be charged with various crimes, including assault, theft, fraud, drug offenses, and many others. The criminal justice system is responsible for investigating crimes and identifying perpetrators, and bringing them to justice through the appropriate legal channels.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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