compounding offense


compounding offense
A criminal act in which a person agrees not to report the occurrence of a crime or not to prosecute a criminal offender in exchange for money or other consideration.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


compounding offense
A criminal act in which a person agrees not to report the occurrence of a crime or not to prosecute a criminal offender in exchange for money or other consideration.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • compounding a felony — The decision by a victim of a crime to not prosecute the crime (by refusing to cooperate with the police or prosecuting attorney) or to hamper the prosecution, in exchange for money payment or other recompense. Compounding is a crime. Category:… …   Law dictionary

  • compounding crime — consists of the receipt of some property or other consideration in return for an agreement not to prosecute or inform on one who has committed a crime. There are three elements to this offense at common law, and under the typical compounding… …   Black's law dictionary

  • compounding crime — consists of the receipt of some property or other consideration in return for an agreement not to prosecute or inform on one who has committed a crime. There are three elements to this offense at common law, and under the typical compounding… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Compounding a felony — was an offence under the common law of England and was classified as a misdemeanour. It consisted of a prosecutor or victim of an offence accepting anything of value under an agreement not to prosecute, or hamper the prosecution of, a felony.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • compounding a crime — n. The offense committed by a victim of a crime when he or she fails to report or prosecute the offender or agrees to hamper prosecution in exchange for a bribe, act of atonement, or making of amends by the criminal. In some states, it is not a… …   Law dictionary

  • COMPOUNDING OFFENSES — The injunction: Ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer.… And ye shall accept no ransom for him that is fled to his city of refuge (Num. 35:31–32), was interpreted as an exception to the general rule that for all other offenses you may …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Compounding — Compound Com*pound (k[o^]m*pound ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compounding}.] [OE. componen, compounen, L. componere, compositum; com + ponere to put set. The d is excrescent. See {Position}, and cf. {Compon[ e]}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inchoate offense — An inchoate offence is the crime of preparing for or seeking to commit another crime. The most common example of an inchoate offence is conspiracy. Inchoate offence has been defined as Conduct deemed criminal without actual harm being done,… …   Wikipedia

  • Lesser included offense — Criminal law Part o …   Wikipedia

  • compound — com·pound /kəm pau̇nd/ vt 1: to agree for a consideration not to prosecute (an offense) ◇ Compounding a felony is a common law crime. 2: to pay (interest) on both the accrued interest and the principal Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam …   Law dictionary


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