status offender

Definition of "status offender"
  1. An individual who has carried out an action that is considered an offense only due to their particular status, such as age or marital status
How to use "status offender" in a sentence
  1. Detaining a status offender simply because of truancy is a violation of their rights.
  2. The police officer informed the teens that they could become status offenders if they didn't abide by the law.
  3. The judge noted that the individual was a status offender and not a criminal offender.

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