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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Burglary in the Second Degree
In some states, burglary (entering a building without permission with intent to commit a crime) is divided into first, second, and sometimes third degree burglaries. First degree crimes are always the most serious. Depending on what state you are in, second degree burglary may refer to an unarmed burglary in which no one is injured or a home invasion burglary (burglary of a dwelling).
Extortion: Laws, Penalties, and Sentencing
Though states provide a wide range of penalties for extortion, the crime is most often punished as a felony offense.
Assault or Battery Against a Police Officer
Many states impose harsh felony penalties for assault or battery against a police officer. Learn what prosecutors must prove to get a conviction and possible defenses.
Indiana Sexual Battery and Rape Laws
In Indiana, rape and sexual battery carry harsh felony penalties that can land an offender in prison for years.
Federal Prosecutions for Civil Rights Violations
Civil rights prosecutions have provided a means for federal prosecutors to bring charges against people who have committed hate crimes when local prosecutors lack the political will to do so.
Hate Crimes That Changed History
Hate crime legislation was often spurred by instances of particularly deprived crimes.
Sodomy Laws
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court declared sodomy laws unconstitutional. Historically, sodomy (usually defined as oral and anal sex) was a crime in many states, even when the acts were performed in private, between two consenting adults.
Forfeiting Property in a Federal Criminal Case
Federal law allows law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to seize property, including money, from people convicted of certain federal crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. The seizure is known as “forfeiture,” and it’s done without compensation to the owner.
Types of Robbery Charges: Varying Felony Classes
Robbery is stealing something of value from another person using force or violence or the threat of force or violence. The typical scenarios that come to mind are bank robberies or carjackings, but even a purse snatching can result in serious robbery charges.
Vermont Misdemeanor Assault & Battery Laws
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.