criminal offense

A crime by force of statute or the common law, whether a felony or misdemeanor, and including, according to some, but not all the authorities, the violation of a municipal ordinance. 5 Am J2d Crim L § 38. As the term is used in statutes permitting the introduction of evidence of his commission of a criminal offense to affect the credibility of a witness, the term is usually held to include both felonies and misdemeanors, but not to include the violation of a municipal ordinance. Koch v State, 126 Wis 470, 106 NW 531. Under a constitutional provision for the prosecution of all criminal offenses by presentment or indictment of a grand jury, acts of a militiaman which merely constituted a violation of the military code do not amount to a criminal offense. State ex rel. Madigan v Wagener, 74 Minn 518, 77 NW 424.

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