Criminal Law

Frequently Asked Criminal Law Questions: Crime Definitions

An FAQ set on definitions of and distinctions between some common criminal offenses.

Legislatures define crimes. They determine the behavior that qualifies as a particular offense and the punishment for that behavior. Crime definitions sometimes differ between states, but the specifics of most criminal offenses are pretty consistent throughout the country.

Here you can learn the characteristics of many commonly known crimes, plus distinctions between several closely related offenses.

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