Crimes are crimes committed by individuals. Many attribute the rise in crime to the increased availability of street drugs, growing levels of poverty, and inadequate prevention and intervention programs in schools.
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Crimes are separated into two separate groups, felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of one year or less, and include crimes like DUI, resisting arrest without violence, loitering and prowling, and disorderly intoxication.
Felonies and misdemeanors are then further broken down by degrees. The break down into degrees is used to differentiate the level of severity of a particular type of crime. Given that explanation, the analysis of the different level of crimes is easy.
Misdemeanors a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving without injury to others, drunkenness in public, various traffic violations and public nuisances.
Felonies are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. They include rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and some ‘white collar’ crimes.
Capital crimes are those select crimes viewed as the most heinous and the most severely punished. Capital crimes are punishable by death. That doesn’t mean that every person convicted of a capital offense will be sentenced to death.
1st Degree Offenses are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 years in most circumstance.
Second degree offenses are next and consist of crimes punishable by no more than 15 years in prison.
Third degree offenses carry a punishment term of five years or less. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges.