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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, a first offender for physical contact with an official can be fined $37,232 and a first offender for verbal or other non-physical offense against an official can be fined $29,795. Mark Inabinett |, al, 16 Dec. 2022 If the legislation becomes law, first offenders could be convicted of a misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail and a fine of more than $6,000. oregonlive, 23 Feb. 2023 Instead, the likely sentence for a first offender is a fine and probation, possibly with orders to perform community service and get counseling to avoid a recurrence. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Jan. 2023 Atlanta Rapper Slimelife Shawty, whose real name is Wunnie Lee, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act as a first offender. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 17 Dec. 2022 He is sentenced to three years of probation, $390 in fines, one day in jail, three months of a first offender alcohol program and victim impact counseling. Michele Corriston, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 An ex-Clayton County sheriff’s deputy, indicted after a man was repeatedly punched on the pavement in 2020, entered a guilty plea in June and was sentenced as a first offender. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 15 Aug. 2022 Ashleigh Merchant, one of Duke’s defense attorneys, asked for him to be sentenced as a first offender and be released on the time already served in jail. Alexis Stevens, ajc, 23 May 2022 Threshold was $210 million in 2021, with tax rates of 20% for first offender, 30% for exceeding in consecutive years and 50% for exceeding in three or more consecutive years. Ronald Blum, ajc, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first offender was in 1808

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“First offender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

first offender

: one convicted of an offense for the first time
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