Crime Definitions

/Crime Definitions

Assault is the threat or attempt to physically harm someone, while battery is the actual act of physical violence. These two crimes often occur together and thus are often charged together.


Physical or psychological abuse and/or negligence perpetrated against a member of a household by another usually spouses.


Driving while under the influence of alcohol. There are laws prohibiting driving under the influence of other substances.


A wide range of crimes dealing with the use, distribution, possession, or command of any controlled substance, or illegally used or distributed prescription medication.


The theft or misappropriation of assets that belong to an employer, company, or governing body, but are entrusted to the person(s) committing the: crime.


The act of or attempt to take assets from another person through intimidation, coercion, or other threats. Actual procurement of the assets is not required for the crime to be considered extortion.


Deceit with the intent of depriving someone of his/her property.


The unlawful possession of any banned weapon, including various knives, automatic weapons, and others. Can also include the unlawful possession of any weapon at all by a person specifically not allowed to possess one, such as a convicted felon.


The intentional killing of one person by another. In most jurisdictions, any planned murder, or any death occurring during the course of a crime is considered first-degree murder, and all others are considered second-degree murder.


Any lewd or lascivious act perpetrated against a child up to 18 years old, including sexual touching, flashing, rape, pornography, and exposure to sexually explicit materials.


Any violation of restrictions imposed on a person as a condition of his/her probation.


Forced sexual intercourse against the victims will, usually accomplished by means of duress, menace, violence, or force.


Any illegal sexual behavior, including incest, indecent exposure, rape, molestation, sexual assault, sexual abuse, statutory rape, necrophilia, bestiality, and more.


The illegal, non-consensual taking of another persons property. This term is sometimes used as an umbrella term encompassing larceny, burglary, embezzlement, looting, and similar crimes.

Causing the death of a person through the reckless, negligent, or illegal use of a motor vehicle.