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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In order to convict a person of burglary, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant entered a building or structure without permission and with the intent to commit a crime inside. Short of a confession, how does the prosecutor prove what's going on in the defendant's mind?
Though states provide a wide range of penalties for extortion, the crime is most often punished as a felony offense.
Felonies in Colorado are punishable by state prison terms of one year or more.
Virginia lawmakers classify misdemeanors as class 1, 2, 3, or 4.
In Virginia, felonies are punishable by incarceration in state prison. Less serious crimes (misdemeanors) are punishable by up to 12 months in jail.
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.
Just as state legislators pass laws that define and penalize crimes under state law, Congress also defines and penalizes acts that constitute federal crimes.
In Indiana, rape and sexual battery carry harsh felony penalties that can land an offender in prison for years.
Indiana has laws against forgery and counterfeiting, which are both types of fraud involving written documents that have been altered in some meaningful way. It is also a crime in Indiana to use false information to apply for a state identification card or driver’s license.
Joyriding involves taking a car without permission and without intending to keep it. In contrast, a person who steals a car (grand theft auto) does not intend to return it to the owner.