Quasi-Crime Law and Legal Definition

A quasi-crime refers to a crime that is intended to embrace all offenses not crimes or misdemeanors, but that are in the nature of crimes. Quasi-crime refers to a class of offenses against the public that have not been declared crimes. Quasi-crime is also wrongs that are perpetrated against the general or local public whereby it is properly repressed or punished by forfeitures and penalties. However, a quasi crime does not embrace an indictable offense, whatever might be its grade, but simply forfeitures for a wrong done to the public, whether voluntary or involuntary, where a penalty is given, whether recoverable by criminal or civil process. Quasi-crime is also an act of doing damage or evil involuntarily. [Chicago v. Dickson, 221 Ill. App. 255 (Ill. App. Ct. 1921)].