Victimless Crime

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Definition: A victimless crime is an offense that lacks an identifiable victim who is the object of the crime. The offense is against society itself through norms, values, attitudes, and beliefs.

Examples: When someone smokes marijuana or uses cocaine they are violating cultural values about appropriate behavior. They are committing a crime, but there is no direct victim per se, as there is when someone is robbed or murdered.

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Crossman, Ashley. "Victimless Crime." ThoughtCo, Mar. 2, 2017, Crossman, Ashley. (2017, March 2). Victimless Crime. Retrieved from Crossman, Ashley. "Victimless Crime." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 20, 2018).