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There are many different types of crimes that can cause incarceration. But crimes can be divided into four major categories; Personal Crimes, Property Crimes, Inchoate Crimes, and Statutory Crimes.

The crimes listed above are basically prohibited in every state, but each state is different in how the law is written, how the behavior is regulated and the penalties that each crime potentially carries. Also, the list is far from complete because behavior may be prohibited in one state and not in others. For example, prostitution is legal is some parts of Nevada, but is a crime in every other state. Likewise, carrying a concealed firearm is only legal in certain states.

What Are The Different Levels of Seriousness for Different Crimes?

Crimes are often classified according to the level of seriousness, such as the distinction between felony and misdemeanor crimes. Generally, the differences are:

  • Felony
    • more serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping and robbery
    • Carries a year or more in state prison
  • Misdemeanor
    • Less serious crimes such as shoplifting or a DUI
    • Usually carries a fine and jail sentence of less than a year, if at all.

Common Criminal Charges

  • Aiding & Abetting / Accessory
  • Assault / Battery
  • Drug Possession
  • Burglary
  • Theft / Larceny

 

All Other Charges

  • Arson
  • Aggravated Assault / Battery
  • Attempt
  • Bribery
  • Child Abandonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Computer Crime
  • Conspiracy
  • Credit / Debit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Contempt of Court
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Drug Trafficking / Distribution
  • DUI / DWI
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Harassment
  • Hate Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter: Involuntary
  • Manslaughter: Voluntary
  • Medical Marijuana
  • MIP: A Minor in Possession
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder: First-degree
  • Murder: Second-degree
  • Open Container Law
  • Perjury
  • Probation Violation
  • Prostitution
  • Public Intoxication
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Racketeering / RICO
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Securities Fraud
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Solicitation
  • Stalking
  • Statutory Rape
  • Tax Evasion / Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Vandalism
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wire Fraud

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Types of Criminal Offenses

Although there are many different kinds of crimes, criminal acts can generally be divided into four primary categories: personal crimes, property crimes, inchoate crimes, statutory crimes, and financial crimes.

Personal Crimes

Personal crimes are those that result in physical or mental harm to another person. They can be divided into two main categories, forms of homicide and other violent crimes. Where the physical harm to another individual is so severe that it causes death, a defendant may be charged with any one of several types of homicide, including, for example, first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or vehicular homicide. Conversely violent crimes, which are also very severe, include:

  • assault and battery
  • arson
  • child abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • kidnapping
  • rape and statutory rape

Property Crimes

Property crimes typically involve interference with the property of another. Although they may involve physical or mental harm to another, they primarily result in the deprivation of the use or enjoyment of property. Many property crimes are theft crimes, including burglary, larceny, robbery, auto theft, and shoplifting.

Inchoate Crimes

Inchoate crimes refer to those crimes that were initiated but not completed, and acts that assist in the commission of another crime. Inchoate crimes require more than a person simply intending or hoping to commit a crime. Rather, the individual must take a “substantial step” towards the completion of the crime in order to be found guilty. Inchoate crimes include aiding and abetting, attempt, and conspiracy. In some cases, inchoate crimes can be punished to the same degree that the underlying crime would be punished, while in other cases, the punishment might be less severe.

Statutory Crimes

Statutory crimes include those crimes, in addition to the crimes discussed above, which are proscribed by statute. Three significant types of statutory crimes are alcohol related crimes, drug crimes, traffic offenses, and financial/white collar crimes. These crimes are specifically prohibited by statute because society hopes to deter individuals from engaging in them. Alcohol-related crimes include a variety of offenses regarding how and where alcohol can be consumed, such as:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI/OWI/DWI)
  • Open Container Violations
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Public Intoxication
  • Underage DUI
  • Boating DUI
  • Selling and Supplying Alcohol to Minors
  • Refusing to Perform a Field Sobriety Test
  • Refusing to Perform a Breathalyzer or Provide a Blood Sample

Drug crimes concern any involvement in the creation or distribution of drugs, including drug possession, drug manufacturing, and drug trafficking. One area of criminal law that is currently receiving a great deal of attention is the regulation and prosecution of drug crimes related to medical marijuana. Due to state trends toward the legalization of medical marijuana, this is an area of criminal law that is in flux.

Traffic offenses include crimes that may arise while an individual is driving a vehicle on public roadways. Because a DUI/OWI/DWI involves both alcohol and the use of a vehicle, it is considered both an alcohol related crime and a traffic offense. Additional traffic offenses include driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving without a license, hit-and-run accidents, reckless driving, and vehicular assault. Where a traffic offense results in death, it can be charged as a far more serious crime, such as a form of homicide.