criminal record


: a known record of having been arrested in the past for committing a crime

Examples of criminal record in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The uptick in violence among youths and the state of the District’s juvenile-justice agency have prompted finger-pointing among public officials, especially when the victim or perpetrator is a young person with a criminal record. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 Prosecutors noted that Wilson had told authorities about the gun himself and had no criminal record in Hong Kong, the newspaper said. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 Migrants with a criminal record or who pose national security issues wouldn't qualify for the settlement, according to the officials. Armando Garcia, ABC News, 16 Oct. 2023 Police announced their search for Billingsley on Tuesday and emphasized that the suspect should be considered extremely dangerous, citing his criminal record. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023 They could be sentenced to five years in prison, but their penalties are likely to be lower because none has a prior criminal record. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Weber said Cosby had no prior criminal record, was just 23 years old at the time of the shooting, had experienced trauma after being hit by a truck as a child and later wrestled with severe drug use. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 In addition to the four murders, Jackson had a prior criminal record that included firearms, burglary and DUI charges. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 25 Aug. 2023 Returning to this general principle, at least for migrants who have no significant criminal record, would allow ICE officers and immigration judges to focus on the recent influx of unauthorized migrants. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Criminal record.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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