first offender


Definition of first offender

: one convicted of an offense for the first time

Examples of first offender in a Sentence

Because he was a first offender, he was put on probation rather than sentenced to jail.

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Laye also faces charges of obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "UPDATE: Atlanta officer suspended after arrest in $30K drug raid," 13 June 2018 But Mr Sessions also wants to lock up first offenders, who can be detained for up to six months by immigration authorities. The Economist, "A cruel and unusual border policy," 2 June 2018 In 2009, he was charged with underage drinking, a case that also was later dismissed under a first offender's program. Author: Robert O'harrow Jr., Shawn Boburg, Anchorage Daily News, "Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience," 30 Mar. 2018 Like whiskey, the penalties are stiff: A first offender risks a $500 fine and a weeklong suspension of the bar’s liquor license. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Virginia’s Unhappy Hour," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of first offender

1808, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first offender

law : a person who is convicted for the first time of committing a crime

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Legal Definition of first offender

: one convicted of an offense for the first time

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