Public tort refers to a minor breach of law. Although, it carries a criminal punishment, public tort is considered a civil offense rather than a criminal offense. This is because, it is merely a prohibited act and not inherently reprehensible conduct. It is also known as civil offense.[Bettis v. Pearson, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61888 (E.D. Tenn. Aug. 21, 2007)].