violator | Definition

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

a violator is an individual who has broken a law or violated a legal agreement or order, including conditions of probation or parole.

A violator in the criminal justice context is an individual who has broken a law, violated a legal agreement, or disobeyed a court order. Violators may be charged with criminal offenses or face civil penalties, depending on the nature of the violation and the applicable laws and regulations.

Violators can include individuals who commit crimes such as theft, assault, or drug possession, as well as those who violate laws related to traffic, zoning, or environmental regulations. Violators may also include individuals who violate legal agreements, such as contracts or leases, or who disobey court orders related to child custody, restraining orders, or other legal matters.

The consequences of being a violator can vary widely depending on the nature of the offense and the jurisdiction in which it occurred. In some cases, violators may face fines, probation, or community service. In more serious cases, violators may be sentenced to jail or prison time.

In addition to criminal penalties, violators may also face civil penalties such as fines or damages. For example, an individual who violates environmental regulations may be required to pay fines or clean up any damage they caused to the environment.

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Last Modified: 03/14/2023


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