Ave Mince-Didier

Ave Mince-Didier received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Louisiana State University. She handled criminal appeals as a public defender and also worked as a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia and California.

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What Is the Punishment for Joyriding?
States differ widely on punishments for joyriding. Some states consider joyriding as a less serious offense than theft, while others punish it the same as vehicle theft. A joyrider could be looking at probation, jail time, or even prison.
Grand Theft Auto
Grand theft auto, or stealing an automobile or other vehicle, is a felony in most states, and may be punished by imprisonment. While the laws in each state are different, there are some general principles that apply in every state.
Disorderly Conduct in Ohio
Fighting, public drunkenness, and blocking traffic are just a few examples of disorderly conduct in Ohio. Learn what conduct can result in disorderly conduct charges and penalties.
Disorderly Conduct in Texas
Texas has extensive laws prohibiting disorderly conduct (sometimes called disturbing the peace). Generally, disorderly conduct laws criminalize behavior that is likely to upset, scare, offend, or annoy others, or endanger or disturb the community.
Disorderly Conduct in Pennsylvania
Fighting or yelling obscenities in public could get you arrested for disorderly conduct. Learn how Pennsylvania penalizes behavior that disturbs the peace.
Oregon Public Intoxication Laws
Oregon has no law against public intoxication. Like many states, Oregon treats public intoxication as a public health problem, not a crime.
Kentucky Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Kentucky has five felony levels: capitol offenses and Class A, B, C, and D felonies. Each class has a minimum and maximum penalty that guides sentencing decisions for judges.
How Do Prosecutors Prove Intent in Burglary Cases?
Learn how prosecutors prove intent in burglary cases using direct or circumstantial evidence.
Getting a Copy of Your Criminal Record
A criminal record, sometimes called a rap sheet, is a collection of a person's criminal convictions and arrests. The information in the record varies from state to state and even from county to county.
State Crimes vs. Federal Crimes
Just as state legislators pass laws that define and penalize crimes under state law, Congress also defines and penalizes acts that constitute federal crimes.