A criminal is someone who has broken the law.
The term "criminal"
actually refers to someone who has been identified (or labelled) as such.
It is a social category that refers to people who have been convicted of
a criminal offence.
- It is probable that, in Britain,
everyone has, at some point in their lives broken the law. However, the vast majority of
these "law breakers" are not charged or convicted and so neither they nor
society considers them to be criminals.
- Additionally, an unknown number of
people are falsely convicted for crimes they did not commit.