public offense

Definition of "public offense"
  1. A crime that concerns the society as a whole, contrasting with private or civil wrongs that impact individuals or specific parties involved
How to use "public offense" in a sentence
  1. Larceny is considered a public offense affecting the societal order.
  2. Driving under the influence is a public offense that can cause communal harm and endanger safety.
  3. The prosecution tried to establish that the vandalism was not just a civil matter, but a public offense.

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