status offense

Definition of "status offense"
  1. An action that's considered an offense because of the individual's particular condition or circumstance
How to use "status offense" in a sentence
  1. Due to the child's minor status, his skipping of school was considered as a status offense.
  2. Homelessness can sometimes be treated as a status offense, depending on the jurisdiction.
  3. The young woman was charged with the status offense of running away from her foster home.

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