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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Some of the charges being faced include conspiracy to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, conspiracy to defraud, extortion, abuse of power, theft, theft by a public servant, corruption, forgery, bribery of a public official, and money laundering.
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 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.
When George and his boho friends decide to fight back against Streck, the contest is ludicrously unequal, even though the landlord can't cross the street without committing an indictable offense.
Though this isn't yet an indictable offense, it is undeniably true -which makes the ascension of John Shad, former chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to thehead of Drexel especially ironic.
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 Daily Star
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.
As in the misguided impeachment of Bill Clinton, the only indictable offenses the special prosecutor could find were related to Mr.
Comparing 1898 to 1881 crime figures, Zucker noted that some types of Forstfrevel (illegal collection of wood, straw, pine tree resin, trespassing, infringement of forest laws) were viewed as thievery (Diebstahle) in the 1897 but not in the 1881 data and therefore the total sentences of 118,933 "cannot be justified."(93) Published data showed misdemeanors rose 22.5 percent during the 1881-1990 decade or a "very substantial deterioration" according to Zucker.(94) But these indictable offenses were predominantly begging, petty theft, forest and field trespassing (Forstfrevel)and numerous other police infractions.
In a recent Cato Institute paper, legal writer Jason Vicente notes that most constitutional scholars take the position that "indictable offenses fall within the class of impeachable offenses.
By 1901, near the end of the Victorian era, the crime rate bottomed out at 250 indictable offenses per 100,000 population.