Offence Principle Law and Legal Definition

The offence principle refers to a theory of crime which demands a moral or legal ground for enshrining an actor's behavior. It concerns of the moral standings or feelings of society. The principle says that it is always a good reason in support of a proposed criminal prohibition that it would probably be an effective way of preventing serious offense to persons other than the actor, and that it is probably a necessary means to the end. Additionally, the principle support that offending someone is less serious than harming someone, the penalties imposed should be higher for causing harm.