42 U.S. Code § 3797u–2 - Definition
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(a) In general
Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, in this subchapter, the term “violent offender” means a person who—
(1) is charged with or convicted of an offense that is punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, during the course of which offense or conduct—
(b) Definition for purposes of juvenile drug courts
For purposes of juvenile drug courts, the term “violent offender” means a juvenile who has been convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for, a felony-level offense that—
(1) has as an element, the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or the possession or use of a firearm; or
Source(Pub. L. 90–351, title I, § 2953, as added Pub. L. 107–273, div. B, title II, § 2301(a),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1795; amended Pub. L. 109–162, title XI, § 1141,Jan. 5, 2006, 119 Stat. 3110; Pub. L. 110–199, title I, § 103(a),Apr. 9, 2008, 122 Stat. 668.)
2008—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 110–199inserted “that is punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year” after “convicted of an offense” in introductory provisions.
2006—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 109–162substituted “a felony-level offense that” for “an offense that” in introductory provisions.
Construction of 2008 Amendment
For construction of amendments and provisions set out as a note below by Pub. L. 110–199and requirements for grants made under such amendments and note, see section 17504 of this title.
Period for Compliance
Pub. L. 110–199, title I, § 103(b),Apr. 9, 2008, 122 Stat. 668, provided that: “Notwithstanding section 2952(2) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797u–1 (2)), each grantee under part EE of such Act [42 U.S.C. 3797u et seq.] shall have not more than 3 years from the date of the enactment of this Act [Apr. 9, 2008] to adopt the definition of ‘violent offender’ under such part, as amended by subsection (a) of this section [amending this section].”