Handhabend Law and Legal Definition

The term ‘handhabend’ may refer to a thief caught in the act of stealing, with the thing stolen in his hand or about him/her. This term may also be used to refer to: 1. a person who is caught carrying stolen goods; or 2. the jurisdiction to try a person caught carrying stolen goods.

This term is derived from the old English term ‘aet haebbendre handa,’ meaning ‘at or with a having hand. ’ It is also spelled hand-habende.