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


compounding a felony
A criminal offense consisting of the acceptance of a reward or other consideration in exchange for an agreement not to prosecute or reveal a felony committed by another.

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


compounding a felony
A criminal offense consisting of the acceptance of a reward or other consideration in exchange for an agreement not to prosecute or reveal a felony committed by another.

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

compounding a felony
n.
   when a person injured by a felony (being shot, having one's business trashed, being robbed) reaches an agreement with the one causing the harm that the injured party (victim) will not prosecute (complain to law authorities or testify) the apparent felon in return for money payment, reparations, return of stolen goods or other recompense. Since it smacks of a bribe, in most jurisdictions it is a crime.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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 of felony — See compounding crime …   Black's law dictionary

  • compounding of felony — See compounding crime …   Black's law dictionary

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  • Compounding treason — is an offence under the common law of England. It is committed by anyone who agrees for consideration to abstain from prosecuting the offender who has committed treason. It is still an offence in England and Wales,[1] and in Northern Ireland.[2]… …   Wikipedia

  • Felony — For other uses, see Felony (disambiguation). Criminal law …   Wikipedia

  • 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 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 — 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

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