Crime… and its Aftermath

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FELONY & MISDEMEANOR CRIMES: Lesson 1

Crime, Defined

  • A crime is an act (not just a thought) that a society says is against its laws, and that a punishment of at least a fine or prison (or both) will follow.
  • People can be punished for trying to complete a crime (called an attempt), even if the they don’t succeed at committing the crime.
  • People can be punished for planning and making some sort of effort to commit a crime (called conspiring, or a conspiracy), even they don’t succeed at committing the crime.
  • When a person is charged with a crime, they are “prosecuted” for the act in court, and they are called a “defendant” in the criminal case.
  • A person who pleads guilty to a criminal charge, or who is found guilty by a jury in a trial, is said to be “convicted” of the crime.

 

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