Word of the Day - Moral Turpitude

An act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in private social duties (that is, duties one owes to a fellow person or to society in general); contrary to the accepted customary rule of right and duty between persons; conduct contrary to justice, honesty, modesty, or good morals. For example, embezzlement, perjury, robbery, or larceny is generally a crime of moral turpitude, whereas failure to pay income tax, speeding, or possession of small amounts of marijuana probably is not. Thus, felonies are crimes of moral turpitude.

Note that state licensing authorities may refuse to issue a license to any person convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude unless that person has received a full and free pardon or presents satisfactory proof of living an upright and moral life for a specified period of time.

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