It's a third-degree felony to tape someone without their permission in Florida.
Bigamy, or having multiple active marriage licenses, is a third-degree felony in Utah.
Tarnopolski was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct—an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
He was electrocuted and left with second- and third-degree burns and a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
As a teenager, a magnesium flare exploded and left 70 percent of his body covered in third-degree burns.
I had one terrible time in third-degree stuff and have put him away for the night.
"intense interrogation by police," 1900, probably a reference to Third Degree of master mason in Freemasonry (1772), the conferring of which included an interrogation ceremony. Third degree as a measure of severity of burns (most severe) is attested from 1866, from French (1832); in American English, as a definition of the seriousness of a particular type of crime (the least serious type) it is recorded from 1865.
Long and harsh, even brutal, questioning, esp by the police: The Third Degree, A Detailed and Appalling Expose´ of Police Brutality/ He's giving me a third about some gun he says I had
[1900+; origin uncertain]