capital offense
n.
An offense for which execution is a possible punishment; also called a capital crime.

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


capital offense
A criminal charge that is punishable by the death penalty. Crimes punishable by death vary from state to state. These offenses may include first degree (premeditated) murder, murder with special circumstances, rape with additional bodily harm, and the federal crime of treason. (See also: special circumstances)
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

capital offense
n.
   any criminal charge which is punishable by the death penalty, called "capital" since the defendant could lose his/her head (Latin for caput). Crimes punishable by death vary from state to state and country to country. In 38 American states these offenses may include first degree murder (premeditated), murder with special circumstances (such as intentional, multiple, involved with another crime, with guns, of a police officer, or a repeat offense), and rape with additional bodily harm, and the federal crime of treason. A charge of a capital offense usually means no bail will be allowed.
   See also: bail, capital punishment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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