arrestable offense

arrestable offense

English law. An offense for which the punishment is fixed by law or for which a statute authorizes imprisonment for five years, or an attempt to commit such an offense.

? This statutory category, created in 1967, abolished the traditional distinction between felonies and misdemeanors. ¡ª Also spelled (esp. in BrE) arrestable offence.


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