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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First offenders are very likely to have a problem with alcohol.
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.
As a result, she was placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions which included two days' imprisonment, work alternative program, fines totaling $1,595, enrolling within 10 days in a First Offender Drinking Driver's Program, and restricted driving privileges for 90 days.
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.
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.
SheriffKathrineMackiedeferred sentence on first offender Henderson, of Edinburgh, who has since resigned from his job.
The first offender is described as being white, aged between 17 and 25 years old, 6ft to 6ft 3, and of slim build.