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In criminology , the term offense is used as a general (more sociologically than legally defined) term for a criminal offense. In the same way, sociology and criminology speak of the offender as of the delinquent . Of delinquency criminal offenses will (then equivalent to an individual in the social sciences both in the age of committing crime ) also spoken as in terms of identifiable basis of objective criteria (usually acts), subjective anchored tendency.

Criminologically, certain types of criminal offenses or legal violations are also grouped into crime groups, e.g. B .:

In criminal law z. B. distinguish the following types of offenses, depending on the type of implementation:

In common parlance, allegedly “excusable” acts are also referred to as petty offenses .

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