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arrestable offence Line breaks: ar¦rest|able of|fence
Pronunciation: /əˈrɛstəb(ə)l/

Definition of arrestable offence in English:


Law , 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).
Example sentences
  • 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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