Blue-Collar Crime Law & Legal Definition


Blue-collar crime means crimes committed by an individual from a lower social class causing injury to person and property. It is just the opposite of white-collar crime which is associated with crime committed by individuals of a higher social class. Blue-collar crime is an informal classification and does not hold any legal weight. For the most part, blue-collar crime means crimes that are often advanced by passion rather than those that require careful deliberation. Crimes against the person, crimes against property, and many forms of victimless crime such as prostitution, gambling and drug abuse are all examples of blue-collar crime. Blue-collar are punished much more quickly and severely than white-collar crime.