indictable offense

indictable offense

n. a crime (offense) for which a grand jury rules that there is enough evidence to charge defendant with a felony (a crime punishable by death or a term in the state penitentiary). These crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnaping, grand theft, robbery, burglary, arson, conspiracy, fraud, and other major crimes, as well as attempts to commit them. (See: indictment)

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On Thursday, the Prosecutor's Office announced on its website that it is not competent to rule on violations of the labor law and that the inspectorate have not referred to them with specific evidence of an indictable offense.
Under the new law, individuals or companies may be found guilty of an indictable offense.
Under an indictable offense, the jail term can be up to five years.
For instance, the indictable offense of farmed salmon is that they will genetically degrade the species through escapes.
Concerning the demand for Elliott's resignation, the exchange says in its letter that, although it is not for the exchange to judge whether or not there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, "it is of considerable importance to the exchange that the chairman and chief executive officer of the company has been charged with an indictable offense, punishable on conviction to a maximum 10 years imprisonment, and which offense clearly raises questions of honesty, integrity and moral turpitude.
A second indictable offense was added because the activist wears a mask during his protests.
Several legal sources, who asked not to be named, said the Criminal Code prohibition against wearing a mask while committing an indictable offense was designed to prevent criminals from escaping prosecution by hiding their identity.
The international human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has urged the government to repeal penal code provisions that treated libel and defamation as indictable offenses.
The wide-ranging investigation found no indictable offenses by the columnist who revealed the identity of former undercover operative Valerie Plame, nor by the Washington insider who supplied the information.
94) But these indictable offenses were predominantly begging, petty theft, forest and field trespassing (Forstfrevel)and numerous other police infractions.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the charges constituted a violation of Lebanese freedom of speech and asked the government to repeal penal code provisions that treated libel and defamation as indictable offenses.
By 1901, near the end of the Victorian era, the crime rate bottomed out at 250 indictable offenses per 100,000 population.