Criminal Behavior Law & Legal Definition


Criminal behavior refers to conduct of an offender that leads to and including the commission of an unlawful act.

Following are examples of case laws on criminal behavior:

Sexual acts with a 10 year old child clearly constitute criminal behavior. The evidence of the appellant's prior sexual acts was properly considered by the trial court as criminal behavior. [State v. Robinson, 1998 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 1325 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1998)].

A trial court may utilize criminal behavior shown by a preponderance of the evidence to enhance a sentence without violating federal or state due process. [State v. Robinson, 1998 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 1325 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1998)].