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Pressing Charges for a Criminal Act

If you believe a person has committed a crime against you, the offender will not necessarily be immediately arrested and charged. Police and prosecuto...

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Florida Aggravated Assault and Battery Laws

In Florida, an assault is intentional threats, words or actions that cause a person to feel afraid of impending violence. (Fla. Stat. §784.011.) Batt...

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I shoved someone and was charged with assault. I didn’t intend to hurt him. Is this a defense?

It's usually not a defense to the crime of assault that you did not intend to injure the victim. Although assault laws vary from state to state, in mo...

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Is Lance Armstrong guilty of suborning perjury?

Question Some of Lance Armstrong's ex-teammates are saying he told them they had to use performance-enhancing drugs to stay on the team. A lot of t...

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How can I report someone who is practicing medicine and isn't licensed?

Anyone who provides medical treatments, writes prescriptions, or performs other activities that only a licensed physician or other healthcare worker c...

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My ex-spouse was arrested for dealing drugs. Can I lose my house?

If the prosecutor or police have evidence that you knew your home was purchased with money earned from drug sales, or that you knew that drug deals we...

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If my kid is arrested for smoking marijuana in my house, can I lose the house?

If the prosecutor has evidence that you knew that illegal activity was taking place in your home and did not try to stop it, you could lose your house...

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Practicing Law Without a License

Like many other professionals, attorneys must have a license before they can practice law in any state. While license requirements differ slightly fro...

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Practicing Nursing Without a License

Along with doctors, attorneys, dentists, veterinarians, and other professionals, all states require anyone wishing to be a nurse to first obtain a sta...

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Practicing Medicine Without a License

The practice of medicine is a tightly regulated profession because it involves such a high risk of potential harm to the public. All states require th...

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Practicing Dentistry Without a License

As with other professions that impact the health and well-being of others, the dental profession is tightly regulated by each state. Anyone who wishes...

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Tattooing Without a License

The practice of tattooing has become quite popular in recent decades. States have adopted a range of laws governing this profession because of the inh...

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If I am pulled over for speeding and have a large amount of money on me, can the government keep it?

Question I usually carry a lot of cash. If I am pulled over for speeding and have a large amount of money in my wallet, can the government keep it?...

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Can someone be prosecuted for perjury for lying about their income on their taxes?

Question I helped my father with his tax return. While reviewing the return he filed last year, I saw that he lied about his income. Could he be pr...

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I sued my ex-business partner, who lied at trial. I lost. Can I sue him if I can prove he lied?

Every witness who testifies under oath in any proceeding is immune from civil liability for money damages, even for false testimony. This means that a...

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I refused to take the stand because I felt intimidated by my ex-husband; did I commit perjury?

I was called to testify in a domestic violence trial against my ex-husband. He had recently told our son that if I ever testified against him, he woul...

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If a witness refuses to take the oath and later lies, can he be charged with perjury?

Only someone who actually testifies under oath can commit perjury. If a person never testifies under oath, he cannot commit perjury no matter how many...

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I accidentally lied during my deposition; could I be charged with perjury?

In my deposition in the personal injury case I filed after a car accident, I forgot that the airbag had deployed when I was hit. Now it's time for my ...

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My ex-wife lied during our divorce mediation at family court. Can I sue her for slander?

You very well may be able to sue your ex-wife. When someone lies and the lie hurts other people, even when it hurts only their reputations, the injure...

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I felt threatened by the suspect, so I lied on the stand: can I be charged with a crime?

The night before I was to supposed to testify about a robbery I witnessed, someone I don't know texted me a photo of my young daughter walking home fr...

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A witness lied during my trial, and I was convicted. Can I sue him?

An individual who is convicted based on false testimony cannot sue the lying witness for civil (or money) damages.

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Suborning Perjury

Federal laws against suborning perjury set the punishment at up to five years in prison, plus fines. States also punish suborning perjury, which is al...

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Brokering Real Estate Without a License

Anyone who wants to sell real estate as a salesperson, real estate agent, or real estate broker must first obtain a license to do so from the state in...

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Assault on a Child in Washington

In Washington, a person over the age of 18 commits the crime of assault of a child, a felony, by causing injury against a person under the age of ...

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Arizona Assault and Battery Laws

Arizona differentiates between misdemeanor assaults and aggravated assaults—the latter are more serious. Arizona classifies misdemeanor assault ...

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Assault: Do You Have to Know It's Coming?

The crime of assault can be committed in different ways. Under most circumstances, the assault victim will be aware of the defendant’s conduct ...

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Disobeying a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Agent

In the past decade, going through airport security has become downright unpleasant for most of us. However, threatening, hitting, disobeying, or i...

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Interfering With a Flight Attendant or Crewmember

These days, air travel rarely brings out the best in anyone. But hitting, threatening, or interfering with a crewmember working on an airplane vio...

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Can a retail theft gang be indicted under the federal RICO statute?

Retail theft can be a low-level crime like shoplifting by an individual, or a series of thefts and related crimes orchestrated by a sophisticated ...

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State RICO Laws

Many states have enacted racketeering laws to prosecute organized crime, as well as otherwise legitimate businesses that participate in criminal a...

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Assault in the Second and Third Degree in Oregon

Oregon recognizes four levels – or degrees – of assault. Second and third degree assault are felonies, which involve physical or serious physi...

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Assault in the Fourth Degree in Oregon

Oregon recognizes four levels – or degrees – of assault. A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree – the least serious assault offe...

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Elevated Aggravated Assault in Maine

Maine has three assault crimes. Ordinary assault, which is the lowest level assault crime, occurs when a victim suffers a “bodily injury.” Ele...

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Assault in Maine

An assault can occur in Maine in two situations: when a person, without legal justification, causes someone else to suffer a “bodily injury;” or...

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Criminal Negligence in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, it is a felony to inflict serious bodily injury by means of criminal negligence. Criminal negligence is carelessness that is so e...

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Oklahoma Assault and Battery Laws

In Oklahoma, assault and battery are two separate crimes that can be charged individually or together.

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Is it embezzlement to keep property that will satisfy a debt owed to me by its owner?

Answer: It is unlikely that you will be convicted of embezzlement if you keep property that will satisfy a debt owed to you by the property’s owner...

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Federal Embezzlement Laws

Federal embezzlement laws target theft from the federal government, such as the theft of property from a national park by a park ranger.

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Wisconsin Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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West Virginia Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Virginia Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Rhode Island Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Oklahoma Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Ohio Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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North Dakota Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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New York Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a type of property theft.  It happens when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property stea...

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New Mexico Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft. It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steals ...

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New Jersey Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft. It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steals ...

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Nebraska Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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New Hampshire Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a person who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property stea...

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Iowa Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Indiana Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steal...

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Idaho Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Idaho Aggravated Assault and Battery Laws

Assault in Idaho is an attempt to cause physical injury to another person – for instance, attempting to strike someone with a hand or object, an...

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Idaho Assault and Battery Laws

Assault in Idaho is an attempt to cause physical injury to another person – for instance, attempting to strike someone with a hand or object, an...

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Georgia Assault and Battery Laws

In Georgia, assault and battery crimes consist of simple assault, aggravated assault, simple battery, battery, and aggravated battery.

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Assault and Battery Laws in Illinois

Assault in Illinois is intentional conduct that reasonably causes a person to feel afraid of impending violence. Battery in consists of insultin...

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Connecticut Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property s...

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Hawaii Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Georgia Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft. It occurs when a person who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property, steal...

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Delaware Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Colorado Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steal...

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Arizona Embezzlement Laws

“Embezzlement” is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor  someone else’s money or p...

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Alaska Embezzlement Laws

The crime of embezzlement occurs when a person acting in a position of responsibility or trust takes assets, such as money or property that belong to ...

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Wyoming Embezzlement Laws

A person commits the crime of embezzlement when he takes money that belongs to someone else. The most common occurrences involve employees stealing fr...

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Washington Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Utah Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Texas Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Pennsylvania Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Tennessee Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Nevada Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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North Carolina Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Missouri Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Mississippi Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steal...

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Maryland Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Maine Embezzlement Laws

If you embezzle funds in Maine, you have committed a crime. Embezzlement is the taking of property over which one has lawful or legal control. For e...

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South Dakota Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Oregon Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Michigan Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement can occur in a variety of circumstances. For example, a bank teller has legal access to client money, and is trusted to handle but no...

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Vermont Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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South Carolina Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Montana Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Minnesota Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Louisiana Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Massachusetts Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steal...

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Kentucky Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Kansas Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  Prosecutors bring this charge when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’...

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Illinois Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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Florida Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft.  It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property,...

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California Embezzlement Laws

Embezzlement is a kind of property theft. It occurs when someone who was entrusted to manage or monitor  someone else’s money or property steal...

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West Virginia Aggravated Assault Laws

The state of West Virginia defines the traditional act of aggravated assault as either unlawful assault or malicious assault. Likewise, the state se...

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Washington Aggravated Assault Laws

In Washington, the crime of assault (offensively touching or injuring another, trying to touch or injure another, or placing another in fear of in...

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Virginia Aggravated Assault Laws

In Virginia, the crimes of assault (physically threatening to hurt someone) and battery (causing injury) may be charged as felonies, depending on ...

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Utah Aggravated Assault Laws

Under Utah’s laws, any crime of assault that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury is treated as a felony called aggravated assault....

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Vermont Aggravated Assault Laws

In Vermont, a person commits the crime of aggravated assault, a felony, by causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another person.

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Tennessee Aggravated Assault Laws

In addition, anyone who commits a simple assault while using or displaying a deadly weapon has committed an aggravated assault. For information on...

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Aggravated Assault and Deadly Conduct in Texas

What is Aggravated Assault in Texas? Aggravated assault in Texas consists of:

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South Dakota Aggravated Assault and Battery

In South Dakota, a person commits the crime of aggravated assault (a felony) by causing or attempting to cause serious injury to another person, c...

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Oregon Aggravated Assault Laws

Oregon recognizes four levels – or degrees – of assault. Assault in the first degree is the most serious form of assault in Oregon. For inform...

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Oklahoma Aggravated Assault Laws

In Oklahoma, assault and battery are two separate crimes but also can be charged as the single crime of “assault and battery.” An offender is ...

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