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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Hate Crimes: Laws and Penalties
Hate crimes, or bias-motivated crimes, are offenses committed because the victim is a member of a certain group, such as a racial or religious minority.
State RICO Laws
Many states have enacted racketeering laws to prosecute organized crime, as well as otherwise legitimate businesses that participate in criminal activity. Racketeering laws allow state prosecutors to bring all of an organization's different criminal acts together in one single prosecution.
Home Invasions
Having one's home invaded is traumatic. The law recognizes the sanctity of one's home and provides harsh penalties for home invasion crimes, such as burglary.
Transmitting an STD in New York
Knowingly exposing a sexual partner to an STD, such as HIV, herpes, or gonorrhea, is a crime.
What Happens If You Get Caught With Contraband in Prison?
Prisons have very strict rules about what items can and cannot be brought into the prison. Prisoners and visitors who violate these rules can get into serious trouble, including being charged with a crime.
Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, assault is a crime that can be a misdemeanor or a felony. A person commits an assault when they inflict (or attempt to inflict) a physical injury on another person.
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.
Forfeiting Property in a Criminal Case
Federal law allows the government 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.
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.
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.