habitual criminal


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habitual criminal

n. under the statutes of many states, a person who has been convicted of either two or three felonies (or of numerous misdemeanors), a fact which may increase punishment for any further criminal convictions.

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We had asked all the police stations to provide a list of habitual criminals and history- sheeters.
was indicted March 20 on two counts of armed robbery, six counts of unarmed robbery and a single count of assault and battery, all as a habitual criminal.
A judge said she was not a habitual criminal and saw real potential in her as she pursued an engineering career.
The "211s" gang was founded in 1995 by habitual criminal Benjamin Davis at Colorado's Denver County Jail.
It's come to this - a judge kowtows to a habitual criminal (Brown had already been jailed three times) because it's Christmas.
Deeming, who was 38 when he was executed, was born in Leicestershire and was a habitual criminal.
Although he is not an habitual criminal or migrant worker, he suffered many forms of discrimination.
Subsection (a), titled "Habitual Criminals," states that a person may be deemed a habitual criminal whenever he or she has been twice convicted in any state or federal court of a Class X felony, criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, or first degree murder, and is convicted of a Class X felony, criminal sexual assault, or first degree murder, committed after the two prior convictions.
Figure 4 also reflects District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey's policy--put in place at the beginning of the project--that habitual-criminal defendants would be required to plead to the top charge or else face the filing of habitual criminal charges.
While Skotnicki's suggestion that "Christ himself is and must be treated as the malefactor" (73) is certainly Church tradition, it would appear more normative that in those horrific cases of offense that repulses even other criminals--thrill murderers, serial rapists, and child molesters--the malefactor we are dealing with is the Devil, with whom an evil partnership has been formed quite beyond that mundane pact with the criminal world made by the professional and habitual criminal largely motivated by economic gain.
The stage in life during which an older, habitual criminal loses interest in crime, or when an older prisoner no longer poses any threat to society.
Bunker, who was 71, was a habitual criminal in his youth, but turned his life around by learning to write in prison and then turning his experiences into successful crime novels.