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summary offence

an offence which is charged in a summary court and which accordingly attracts a lesser sentence. The summary court will not have a jury. In the UK such courts are found in the Magistrates Court and the Sheriff Court. See INDICTABLE OFFENCE.
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Cointegrating Regressions and Tests for Non-Cointegration be tween the Levels of Immigration and Crime Variables Exogenous Variable: Endogenous British Endogenous Variables Immigration Variables Summary Offenses DF ADF(lags) Summary Offenses Common Assault -2.
In order to capture how the level of immigration combines with other variables, such as gender ratio, to produce the changes in the two summary offenses, we use the error correction models to analyze the short-term dynamics of the endogenous variables.
Theoretically, the presence of the long-run relationship between some summary offenses and immigration suggests the existence of a "common attractor.
Recording a conversation with a spouse and running it through lie-detection software to determine if they were lying about infidelity (202) is graded by the Pennsylvania survey participants the same as committing acts to annoy another person, with no legitimate purpose, a summary offense, which has a maximum penalty of ninety days, (203) but under current law the offense is graded as a second degree misdemeanor, which has a maximum sentence of two years.
Three people causing an annoyance in public, and failing to disperse when told to by a police officer, (235) is graded by the Pennsylvania survey participants the same as committing acts to annoy another person, with no legitimate purpose, a summary offense, which has a maximum sentence of ninety days, (236) but under current law the offense is graded as a second degree misdemeanor, which has a maximum sentence of two years.
Selling goods manufactured by prisoners incarcerated in another state (244) is graded by the Pennsylvania survey participants the same as creating an annoyance by noise or threatening behavior, a summary offense, which has a maximum sentence of ninety days, (245) but under current law the offense is graded as a second degree misdemeanor, which has a maximum sentence of two years.
311) But the former is graded as a summary offense and subject to a maximum penalty of ninety days, while the latter is graded as a third degree misdemeanor and subject to a maximum penalty of one year, with no apparent reason given as to why the latter more general offense should have a penalty four times that of the more specific offense.

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