career offender

noun
ca·​reer offender

Legal Definition of career offender

: a habitual or repeat criminal especially : an offender with two or more prior convictions for violent or drug-related crimes

called also career criminal

Note: Under federal sentencing guidelines career offenders are given maximum sentences.

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“Career offender.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/career%20offender. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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