Pecuniary Gain Law and Legal Definition

Pecuniary gain refers to a gain of monetary value. In criminal law, the term refers to any monetary or economic gain that serves as an impetus for the commission of an offence.

The following is an example of a state statute defining “pecuniary gain”:

According to Alaska Stat. § 12.55.185 (13) "pecuniary gain" means the amount of money or value of property at the time of commission of the offense derived by the defendant from the commission of the offense, less the amount of money or value of property returned to the victim of the offense or seized by or surrendered to lawful authority before sentence is imposed ****