first offender


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first offender

a person convicted of a criminal offence for the first time. Many systems impose a lesser punishment and try to avoid imprisonment lest the offender become worse in such an ‘academy of crime’; others prefer a ‘short sharp shock’ to discourage re-offending before the offender has become a hardened offender.
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Ramsell also predicts a "sympathy factor" on the part of the courts and even prosecutors and municipal enforcement authorities for first offenders that will result in more suspensions being rescinded by agreement.
First offender or not, this man's behaviour merits a custodial sentence.
The first offender was aged 18-21, about 5ft8in with a slim build and brown eyes.
SheriffKathrineMackiedeferred sentence on first offender Henderson, of Edinburgh, who has since resigned from his job.
The first offender is described as white, aged 17-18-years-old, 5ft 4ins tall, of skinny build, and was wearing black clothing with a scarf around his face.
The first offender was white, 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall, aged 16 to 17, with mousy coloured hair and a local accent.
The first offender is described as of "mixed race", aged between 20 and 30, about 5ft lOin, skinny, and with black hair.
The Prime Minister's spokesman, in a "very clear" message, accepted community sentences for a minor first offender could work.
The first offender, who was armed with a knife, was in his 30s, around 6ft, of mixed race, stocky build with dark eyes.
First offender Nade pled guilty at Edinburgh Justice of the Peace Court but did not appear in person.
The first offender is described as being white, aged between 17 and 25 years old, 6ft to 6ft 3, and of slim build.
The first offender was described as light skinned black male, aged about 17, 6ft 1ins tall, medium build and wearing a blue hooded top which he wore inside out.