lesser included offense

Definition of "lesser included offense"
  1. An offense that, although not the primary crime charged, is supported by the same facts or evidence. Its conviction carries a less severe punishment than the main offense
How to use "lesser included offense" in a sentence
  1. After negotiations, the prosecutors allowed the man to plead guilty to a lesser included offense.
  2. Due to insufficient evidence, the accused was convicted for a lesser included offense.
  3. The court deemed that the act carried out was in fact a lesser included offense rather than the initially charged crime.

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