Denunciation Legal Definition: A principle of sentencing in criminal law; that the sentence send a clear message to the general public that the offence is serious and the punishment just. In Innes, of the Court of Apeal of Alberta wrote: "Specific deterrence refers to convincing this accused not to reoffend. It is often little needed by the time of sentencing."General deterrence refers to inducing others tempted to commit this offence not to do so. It is especially important with crimes involving premeditation or planning and persistence, and with crimes which are fairly common."Denunciation refers, in part, to convincing all the public that the offence in question is a true crime, a serious crime, one which respectable people would shun, and not obsolete, technical or minor. It also reassures the law-abiding, and informs everyone that the relationship between crime and punishment is considered, logical, and just."REFERENCES:R. v. Innes, 2008 ABCA 129 Categories & Topics: Duhaime's Criminal Law Dictionary Unless otherwise noted, this page was written by Lloyd Duhaime of Duhaime.org Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!