Whart Are The Differences Between CRIME And OFFENCE?

Actually an offence is like a mismeandour a basic breaking of the law like picking pocket littering government property harassment of persons in public places hate speeches and other juvenile misdeeds however a crime can basically be called an offence an explicit offence that is definitely and surely punishable by the law.

while an offence may just be simply breaking a rule or not adhering to public principles and norms they are actually the ones that leads to crimes in other words we can say a crime is a milder form of offence which brings lesser or no retributions at all and while an offence cannot be punishable by the law or may not be punishable by the law considering the discretion of the public judicial officer or representative of the law.

In other words a judicial representatives may decide to free a person who commits an offence because it is definitely forgivable and the person who commits an offence can be corrected without being punished but a crime has consequences as stipulated by the constitution this is because crimes can range a crime can be against the state against fellow citizens or fellow humans however offences are mostly milder and require no major punishments.

Things like felony arson rape murder will definitely be considered as crimes and are punishable by the law because they are considered serious threat against humanity and against citizens of a state while on the other hand an offence might simply be breaking traffic rules which can definitely be settled in the short while while a crime requires the presence of a judge and a courthouse to decide the fate of a person who commits a crime


I think there are are two ways look at it. But first you should know that I'm answering this question off the top of my head without looking anything up.

So as I was saying, there are pretty much two ways of looking at it. First is considering the magnitude; second is considering the extent.

To me they are both violations of any law that the people of any community as meant to guide them. But the difference now is that whereas a crime is something that breaks that law to a very high degree; that is, has a very high magnitude in its absurdity/ deviation from the law, an offense is something that DOES break the law, but doesn't do so to a high magnitude.

An example is this. There is a law that says the people of a particular community must not stay out of the area later than 10pm. An offense is to come back at around 10:30pm whereas a crime is to come back at midnight or even perhaps at dawn.

I guess what I'm saying is nothing is set in stone really, and in the end it all comes down to our interpretations of it. That's the way the law works. It is a judge's job to decide is an act of violation is a crime or a mere offence.

At least that's the way I always see it.

The second way I mentioned earlier of considering the difference is by The extent and how far reaching the consequences of the violation lies.

For example if there's a rule in a household to never eat more than one chicken in a pot, and a ruffian comes and takes three meats. It can be considered an offence if

a) there is unlimited meat in the pot and so by taking three meats, you broke the rule to not take more than one but the impact of your crime would not be felt by others because they still have meats to take from the pot when whey need them.

Or it is considered a crime when

b) there is limited meat in the pot and so by taking three meats, you broke the rule to not take more than one AND the impact of your crime would be felt by others because they will have no meat to take from the pot when whey need them.

And this can be related to other sorts of violations on a bigger scale/extent as related to government in a country or even international.

So in conclusion, in my opinion, it is a mere offence when

a) the magnitude of the violation isn't much


b) the negative impact of the violation is felt to a very little extent or not felt at all

And it is a huge crime when

a) the magnitude of the violation is huge and mortifying


b) the negative impact of the violation is felt to a very high extent and it affects the well-being of a lot more people than the just the violator alone.

Other elements that can differentiate a crime from an offence may include perhaps prior history or intent i.e whether violation is pre-meditated or not, etc.

Cheers and have a nice day!


By and large an offense can be both criminal or common... A crime is unquestionably deserving of law, in that it implies the lawful inner voice that an offense has been carried out against society and the culprits conduct is fit for contaminating society and is important to be improved ( by detainment, a fine or imprisonment and so forth) the law proclaims that violations be deserving of law relying upon the level of wrongdoing( crime, strict risk and so forth)

There might be in common cases offenses additionally yet generally alluded to as torts and respondents can't be indicted yet rather the courts may practice cures, for example, repudiations, arrange particular execution, and so forth or even compensation....


this two words 'crime' and 'offence' could be used interchangeably but they are still somehow different . and the differences to me are minute but counted. lets start with the definition of crime and offence;  crime can be explained as when someone broke legal laws but not every laws broken can be regarded as a crime though offense is explained  as a result of breaking such laws. 

crimes are punishable offence .. a crime is always when someone violates the rule of laws  of a state and such person will be punished under that state law.

offence can be vewied as violating both the civil and criminal law but crimes can be seen as breaking the criminal law. which makes crime looks like committing very serious offences . 

crimes are mostly used legally while offence can be used both legal, unofficial and officially 


A crime causes physical damage or pain. An offence does not.

What can be deemed as offensive is subjective to each individual. With a crime there is no dispute, we all agree on what a crime is.

Some people can take wearing green as an offence. Some people think wearing glasses or a hat indoors is offensive. Some will be offended if you ask them to remove their hat or glasses.

It is not a crime to commit an offence. You cannot know what will offend everyone in all circumstance. 

When committing a crime we know we are doing wrong and try not to get caught.

In all of this. There is at times the intent to offend and in these cases it can be considered a crime. Repetitive behavior of a negative nature against anyone is abuse. Abuse over steps the boundaries of offending someone.


Enemy and crime are happening among people since the beginning of the creation of the earth. I think that hostility and crime are two friends, because crime arises due to hostility, enemy is created due to crime. Therefore, the distance of enmity and crime is not much.

The enemy is the thorn in the way of human beings, because the enemy increases through enemy. Enemy is created in a variety of ways. An example: You are going to rise above you, you are going to win. But your friends can not go to your place. Then you will be jealous of your friends. Your friends. Generally, hostility in this way is in our lives.

Crime is a different way. An offense is committed due to rage. One example: You are bringing a lot of money at night. The dead person has learned. Then he has taken the money from you. An offense has been committed here. But I think there is hostility to crime.