Impeachable Offense Law and Legal Definition

Impeachable offense refers to an offense for which a public official may legally be removed from his/her office. The impeachment of an official depends upon the vote in the U.S. The U.S. Constitution states that the President, Vice President and all civil officers of the U.S. may be removed from office on impeachment if they are found guilty of any treason, bribery, and other high crimes.

In Neb. Legislature ex rel. State v. Hergert, 271 Neb. 976 (Neb. 2006), the court held that three categories of conduct may constitute an impeachable offense by a state officer:

1.An act that violates a statute, constitutional provision, or oath and is related to the officer's duties;

2.A simple neglect of duty committed for a corrupt purpose; or

3.A neglect or disregard of duty that is so gross or flagrant and also the officer's willful and corrupt intent may be inferred.