Felonies And Misdemeanors

Felonies And Misdemeanors

How are crimes categorized under UAE law?

Crimes under the UAE Penal Code are divided into three categories depending on the seriousness of the punishment that may be applied: contraventions (violations), misdemeanours, and felonies (the most serious). Below is a description of some of the punishments that these different level of crimes attract.

What is the punishment for contraventions?

A contravention is any act or omission punishable under the laws or regulations, by one or both of the two following penalties:

  • Custody for not less than twenty four hours and not more than ten days.
  • A fine not exceeding one thousand Dirhams.

What is the punishment for misdemeanours?

A misdemeanour is an offence that is punishable by one or more of the following penalties:

  • Confinement.
  • Fine of more than a thousand Dirhams.
  • Diyat (payment of ‘blood money’)

What is the punishment for felonies?

Felonies are crimes punishable by one of the following penalties:

  • Diyat (payment of ‘blood money’)
  • Temporary imprisonment
  • Life imprisonment
  • The Death penalty

For assistance contact Capital Document clearing LLC