What's the difference between a repeat offender and a habitual offender? 6 Answers as of October 22, 2014

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
It is exactly the same - a person that cannot learn from experience.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 10/22/2014
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
They are basically the same.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 10/20/2014
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
There is no difference. Different statutes use both terms. Habitual implies that the repeated crimes are Z matter of habit or addiction and is sometimes used to suggest a mental health component.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/20/2014
Elhart & Horvath, P.C.
Elhart & Horvath, P.C. | Mattias Johnson
The two phrases are often used to mean the same thing, but a habitual offender implies more than two occurrences while a repeat could be only twice. Habitual goes more to the state of mind of the offender in that something makes them continue to do the same wrong.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/20/2014
Shalvoy Law, LLC | Walter A. Shalvoy Jr.
A repeat offender would be an individual who has been convicted of the same crime twice. A habitual offender has multiple convictions for the same types of crimes.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 10/20/2014
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