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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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First offenders' BACs at time of arrest are almost as high as the rates of repeat offenders.
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even prosecutors and municipal enforcement authorities for first offenders that will result in more suspensions being rescinded by agreement.
Depicting the First Offender Profile Against AF JROTC Cadets Norm (N=308 Cadets, & N=60 First Offenders)
First offender or not, this man's behaviour merits a custodial sentence.
The first offender was white, about 5ft 11ins and of large build.
The first offender is described as a man of mixed race, 17-18 years old, around 5ft 10ins and slim with short black h a i r.
The first offender is described as being 18-20, around 5ft 10ins, with a shaved head and was wearing a dark tracksuit.
The first offender is around 6ft tall, of medium build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black tracksuit bottoms.
The first offender is around 6ft tall, of slim build, clean shaven, with a dark complexion.
The first offender was aged 18-21, about 5ft8in with a slim build and brown eyes.
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 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.