Victimless Crime Law & Legal Definition


A victimless crime is a term applied to a crime which generally involves only the criminal, and which has no direct victim, as in the crime of illegal possession of drugs. Victimless crimes must be truly victimless. In many ways, a false statement offense is considered a victimless crime, in which, society at large becomes the victim. The victim for purposes of a victimless crime is the societal interest that has been harmed.[United States v. Bordinaro, 777 F. Supp. 1229, 1233 (E.D. Pa. 1991)].