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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


indictable offense
n.
A crime that can be prosecuted by indictment, usually a serious crime.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


indictable offense
A crime that the prosecutor can charge by bringing evidence of it to the grand jury. These are serious crimes that include murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, grand theft, robbery, burglary, arson, conspiracy, and fraud, as well as attempts to commit them.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


indictable offense
n. A level of crime for which a defendant must be indicted by a grand jury in order to be prosecuted (typically a felony).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

indictable offense
n.
   a crime (offense) for which a Grand Jury rules that there is enough evidence to charge a defendant with a felony (a crime punishable by death or a term in the state penitentiary). These crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, grand theft, robbery, burglary, arson, conspiracy, fraud and other major crimes, as well as attempts to commit them.
   See also: indictment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • indictable offense — /indaytabal/ Subject to being indicted. An offense, the nature of which is proper or necessary to be prosecuted by process of indictment. Indictable offenses embrace common law offenses or statutory offenses the punishments for which are infamous …   Black's law dictionary

  • indictable offense — /indaytabal/ Subject to being indicted. An offense, the nature of which is proper or necessary to be prosecuted by process of indictment. Indictable offenses embrace common law offenses or statutory offenses the punishments for which are infamous …   Black's law dictionary

  • indictable offense — A crime to be prosecuted under an indictment; in some jurisdictions, any felony. In some jurisdictions, any felony and any misdemeanor of a certain class, particularly a misdemeanor of a serious nature. State v Berlin, 42 Mo 572, 576. At common… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • indictable — in·dict·able /in dī tə bəl/ adj: making one liable to indictment an indictable offense Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. indictable …   Law dictionary

  • indictable — indict in‧dict [ɪnˈdaɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] especially AmE LAW to officially charge someone with a criminal offence: indict somebody for something • 21 currency traders have been indicted for illegal trading practices. indictable …   Financial and business terms

  • offense — n. infraction 1) to commit an offense 2) a minor, petty, trivial; serious offense 3) a capital; impeachable; indictable offense 4) an offense against feeling of outrage 5) to take offense at (she takes offense at every remark) insult (formal) 6)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • indictable attempt — A direct ineffectual act performed intentionally toward the commission of an indictable offense. Commonwealth v Crow, 303 Pa 91, 154 A 283. Broadly, any attempted offense subject to prosecution by indictment under the law of the jurisdiction …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • indictable — adjective Date: circa 1706 1. subject to being indicted ; liable to indictment 2. making one liable to indictment < an indictable offense > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • indictable — in|dict|a|ble [ ın daıtəbl ] adjective LEGAL an indictable offense is one for which you can be officially accused and brought to a court for trial …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indictable — in•dict•a•ble [[t]ɪnˈdaɪ tə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) law subject to being indicted 2) law making a person liable to indictment: an indictable offense[/ex] • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

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