habitual criminal
habitual criminal n: one convicted of a crime who has a certain number of prior convictions for offenses of a specified kind (as felonies) and is thereby under some statutes subject to an increased penalty (as life imprisonment)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

habitual criminal
index outlaw, recidivist

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


habitual criminal
A person who has been convicted of multiple felonies (or of numerous misdemeanors), a fact that may increase punishment for any further criminal convictions. (See: three strikes)
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

habitual criminal
n.
   under the statutes of many states, a person who has been convicted of either two or three felonies (or of numerous misdemeanors), a fact which may increase punishment for any further criminal convictions.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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