Types of Crimes

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What Is Aiding and Abetting?
Aiding and abetting occurs when someone intentionally helps or encourages another person to commit a crime. ... READ MORE

Can an Act Be Both a Crime and a Tort?
A single event can be both a criminal offense and the basis for a civil lawsuit. ... READ MORE

What is Vandalism?
Vandalism covers a broad variety of unlawful acts relating to destruction or defacement of property—both public and private. State laws and local ordinances that prohibit vandalism may also use the terms graffiti, criminal or malicious mischief, or damage to property to describe the offense. ... READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Criminal and Civil Law?
Criminal law and civil law differ in several ways. One key distinction is that only criminal cases lead to jail time. ... READ MORE

Receiving or Possessing Stolen Property
Theft and robbery are well-known offenses that involve stealing property. A lesser-known, related offense occurs when another person accepts, conceals, or buys the stolen property. This offense is simply called “receiving or possessing stolen property.” ... READ MORE

What Is Criminal Trespassing?
Criminal trespass occurs when someone enters or stays on someone else’s property without authorization. ... READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?
Robbery involves both theft and force, while burglary doesn’t have to. ... READ MORE

What Is Burglary?
Burglary is entering a building illegally with the intent to commit a crime while inside. ... READ MORE

What Is Arson?
Arson is the intentional or reckless act of burning and damaging property. ... READ MORE

What Is "Evading" the Police?
A driver evades police by disobeying a law enforcement officer’s command to stop. ... READ MORE


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Q: I was pulled over for out registration and police call tow truck driver for a tow. Police officer said he would take inventory of car so I could grab what I need but never did because he also was r ... Read more

Will I get jail time for first-time probation violation?

Q: I was in subway with friend and they got into a fight. I was pulled in middle of situation but, didn’t have anything to do with me. We both were arrested. Now I go to court. I didn’t st ... Read more

Will I go to jail for a first offense misdemeanor?

Q: I walked on train tracks and Port Authority police were called because I was told to get off due to a trolley coming. I got off but got back on after it passed. I was depressed and confused. They t ... Read more


THE COWARDICE OF BULLIES July 1982 – Deep South Georgia. A young boy is riding shotgun with his grandfather in a white Chevrolet pickup.  The pickup is distinct because of the brown race st ... Read more

If someone has a record from another state will they get more time here?

Q: If someone has a criminal record that includes possession of substances in another state but then incurs the charges below in Pennsylvania will they be able to avoid jail time with a public defende ... Read more

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