Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) A popular term for anyone who has committed a crime, whether convicted of the offense or not. More properly, it applies only to those actually convicted of a crime. Repeat offenders are sometimes called habitual criminals. 2) Certain acts or people involved in or relating to a crime. Examples include "criminal taking," "criminal conspiracy," a "criminal gang."
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm