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 Kansas, it is illegal to commit rape or engage in any other sexual touching without the other person’s consent (sometimes called sexual battery).
In Vermont, a person commits the crime of simple assault, a misdemeanor, by causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or placing another in fear of imminent bodily injury. "Reckless endangerment" is a particular type of assault, explained below.
You're just the passenger, along for the ride, in a stolen vehicle. Could you face criminal penalties?
Mitigating circumstances (such as a defendant's young age or lack of a criminal record) could convince the prosecutor or judge to cut the defendant a break.
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.