nounLaw , British
An offence for which there is a fixed mandatory penalty or which carries a sentence of at least five years' imprisonment (e.g. theft).
- He pressed for legislation making it an arrestable offence to carry an imitation gun or air weapon in public.
- Other measures put forward for public consultation include making common assault an arrestable offence and breaches of non-molestation orders a criminal offence.
- Breaching the banning order is an arrestable offence carrying a possible six-month jail sentence and a £5,000 fine.
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