lesser included offense
lesser in·clud·ed offense n: a crime (as unlawful entry) that is by definition included in the commission of another crime (as burglary) which has additional elements and greater criminal liability – called also included offense;
◇ A criminal defendant may be convicted of a lesser included offense even if not charged specifically with that crime.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

lesser included offense
A crime that is inherently part of a more serious crime; e.g., assault is an inherent part of the more serious crime of assault and battery, or attempt is an inherent part of any crime that is actually completed.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

lesser included offense
n. A more minor category of criminal act (or one with a lesser penalty), all of the elements of which are included in the more serious crime being charged.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

lesser included offense
A lesser crime whose elements are encompassed by a greater crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

lesser included offense
A lesser crime whose elements are encompassed by a greater crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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