Q: what is meant by first offense?
confused on an issue of meaning of first offense. is this the first time you were charged with this crime or first time ever charged with a crime?
A: Depends on context. There are many criminal statutes that one can be arrested on a first offense, second offense, etc., so it is not first time ever charged with a crime, but a particular offense. From a prosecutorial standpoint, one can be charged with a first offense crime multiple times and from a defense standpoint, if one is charged with a second or third offense crime and is able to get it reduced to a first offense, then that's a good outcome---depending on the particular set of facts.
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