first offender


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first offender

a person convicted of any criminal offence for the first time
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INVESTIGATION: First offender MacKenzie sold the drugs from his home and from a park in Elgin
Delivering judgment, Olatoregun held that the court had been told that the convict is a first offender with no past criminal records.
I accept you are a first offender and take account of the consequences you have suffered as a result of your behaviour.
The Sheriff added: "As you are 76, a first offender and you've served the equivalent of a year's jail sentence while on remand, unpaid work is not necessary."
The first offender was aged 17-18 with short hair and olive skin.
New Mexico was the first state to pass a first offender ignition interlock law in 2005 and, currently, approximately 6300 interlock devices are installed annually in that state, substantially more per capita than in any other state.
If a juvenile first offender had to wear one for a while, it might be a better deterrent than visits to prisons or speeches by ex-inmates.
He is a first offender and pled guilty at the first opportunity."
The first offender group was comprised of 60 male prisoners ranging in age from 16 to 61 years, with a mean age of 25.23, and with a standard deviation of 8.51 years.
No details were given to Sheriff Gary Aitken who deferred sentence on the first offender until June 11 for a background report.
Earlier, Adelusi urged the court to temper mercy with the justice, adding that he was a first offender and has learnt his lessons.