Dangerous Offender Law and Legal Definition

A dangerous offender refers to a person who presents a significant risk to the public of serious harm. Two types of sentences to dangerous offenders include imprisonment or detention for public protection, and extended sentences. A significant risk to the public of serious harm is determined by taking into account all information available about the nature and circumstances of the offense, and permits it to take into account any other information relating to the pattern of behavior of which the offense forms part and any other information about the offender.