Essay on Types of Crimes

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Types of Crimes

A crime is an act against the public good, punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both. There are two major classifications of crime. The first classification of crime is a felony. A felony is a major crime punishable by imprisonment or death. Murder, manslaughter, burglary, robbery, and arson are examples of felonies. The second major classification of a crime is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime with a less severe penalty. Misdemeanors that aren’t as serious are known as petty offenses. Driving an automobile without a license, lying about your age to purchase alcohol, and leaving the scene of an automobile accident are all examples of misdemeanors.

Crimes are defined by two elements. The
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Involuntary manslaughter occurs when you kill someone in a reckless act such as drunk driving.

There are crimes against business interests such as larceny by false pretenses, forgery, bribery, and extortion. These crimes are known as white-collar crimes and usually involve fraud and are nonviolent. The act of taking someone’s money or property by intentionally deceiving that person is known as larceny by false pretenses.

Forgery is the false making or changing of writing with the intent to defraud. The signing of another person’s name without authority to check or other document is known as forgery also. In order for a crime to take place there must be intent to defraud or deceive.

Bribery is the illegal paying of public officials in order to influence their official authority or decisions. The penalty for bribery at the federal level is a fine of not more than $20,000 or three times the monetary equivalent of the bribe. Burglary is defined as the breaking and entering of a dwelling house at night with the intent to commit a felony. States have passed statutes covering other kinds of breaking and entering. If any part of the crime cannot be proven, you cannot be charged with burglary.

Robbery is the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal property of another accompanied by violence or threats. The main difference between larceny and robbery is that when you rob
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