Crimes Against People Essay

1281 Words Aug 15th, 2011 6 Pages
Crimes Against People
May 26, 2011

Crimes Against People
Crimes that are committed against a person produce a material risk that an offender will threaten body injury or actually use physical force on a person. These crimes are compiled of, but not limited to, offenses such as murder, manslaughter, battery, and assault. Although stalking is considered a crime against a person, it does not require the threat or use of physical force. I will provide you with a more detailed overview of the above stated offenses and the respective punishments for crimes that are committed against people. The material covered will be as follows:
Murder- Felony Murder
Voluntary Manslaughter- Involuntary Manslaughter
Simple Battery- Battery- Aggravated
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If any time lapses that gives the offender chance to reason with his or her actions, then the killing is considered murder. Also, “the theory of mutual combat can reduce murder to voluntary manslaughter.” (Shah, p18) “ A person who commits the offense of voluntary manslaughter, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.” (O.C.G.A. 16-15-2 (b)
When an offender “causes the death of another human being without any intention to do so by the commission of an unlawful act other than a felony or by the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner likely to case death or bodily harm” it is considered involuntary manslaughter. O.C.G.A. 16-15-3 An unlawful act can be defined as an act that is intentionally committed by an offender. And, as a result of such an unlawful act has unintentionally caused the death of an individual. A lawful act committed in an unlawful manner occurs when an individual is in commission of a lawful act, which unintentionally causes the death of another individual in a way that isn't justifiable by the courts. For example, an individual is driving down the road, going the posted speed limit, and a child runs out in front of the vehicle and is killed. This person may be charged with involuntary manslaughter. The offense of involuntary manslaughter committed during the commission of a unlawful act other than a felony, after conviction,…