Status Offense

Two common definitions of a status offense or status crime are

1. A status offense is an action that is prohibited only to a certain class of people, and most often applied to offenses only committed by minors.

2. In the United States, the term status offense refers to an offense such as a traffic violation where motive is not a consideration in determining guilt. In the United Kingdom and Europe, this type of status offense may be termed a regulatory offense.

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