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offence

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OFFENCE, crimes. The doing that which a penal law forbids to be done, or omitting to do what it commands; in this sense it is nearly synonymous with crime. (q.v.) In a more confined sense, it may be considered as having the same meaning with misdemeanor, (q.v.) but it differs from it in this, that it is not indictable, but punishable summarily by the forfeiture of a penalty. 1 Chit. Prac. 14.

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He then rose from his knee, folded his arm on his bosom, and in a manner rather respectful than submissive, awaited the answer of the King, like one who is conscious he may have given offence, yet is confident in the rectitude of his motive.
Cleveland Police officers arrested a 37-year-old man on the A19 near Wolviston services on suspicion of people smuggling and money laundering offences.
Both offences have three requirements, however the section 46 offence has two additional requirements:
The bulletin presents information on first time entrants (or, disposals relating to first offences) to the criminal justice system disaggregated by age, gender, offence category and disposal type for 2015/16.
FOUR men from Cardiff arrested last year as part of a multi-agency investigation into "modern day slavery" have been charged with a number of offences.
Details from The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) shows that a motorist from Lewisham has racked up an astounding 40 points for 12 offences despite never having held a full or even a provisional driving licence, according to information supplied by the DVLA.
PEOPLE on bail committed an average of 10 offences a day in the West Midlands.
A CRIMINAL avoided jail despite having more than 300 offences to his name, it has been revealed.
CHANGES to the number of times jockeys can strike a horse with a whip after the last obstacle will not allow for different course characteristics, despite the review finding evidence of a significantly higher rate of whip offences at six tracks, writes Jon Lees.
April 23, 2001: Three offences of failing to ensure a child attends school.
End of year statistics revealed that overall crime plummeted by almost 11 per cent to 248,390 offences.