status offender


Definition of status offender

: a young offender (such as a runaway or a truant) who is under the jurisdiction of a court for repeated offenses that are not crimes

First Known Use of status offender

1975, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of status offender

: a person who commits a status offense especially : a juvenile under the jurisdiction of the court because of status offenses that indicate the child is beyond parental control — compare juvenile delinquent, youthful offender

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