Steiner is a contributing author for Nolo and a member of the
California State Bar. Monica earned her undergraduate degree from the
University of California, Berkeley; and her J.D. from the University of
California, Hastings College of the Law. Her practice experience includes real
estate/land use transactions, landlord/tenant law, foreclosure and short sales,
and business entity formation.
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Virginia penalizes forgery offenses as felonies. A person is guilty of forgery if, with intent to defraud, the person creates, alters, or knowingly tries to use any false public record or certificate, banknote or coin, or another document that affects someone’s legal rights.
Embezzlement is a type of larceny. It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else's money or property, steals all or part of that money or property for the defendant's personal gain.
In Indiana, public intoxication is a crime. Arresting a person accused of public intoxication in Indiana is discretionary by the arresting officer. The officer may cite and release or detain the individual or transport her to her residence or to a responsible adult.
The often tragic consequences and harsh legal penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol are well publicized. What many people don’t realize is that it is also illegal and punishable in all 50 states to drive under the influence of marijuana.
Even if medical marijuana is legal in your state, driving while under the influence for any reason is illegal.
Embezzlement is a type of property theft. It occurs when a defendant, who was entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property, steals all or part of that money or property for the defendant’s personal gain.
Learn about embezzlement in general and find state specific information on the potential penalties.
In California, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 18), even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
Rape—any nonconsensual sexual intercourse— between non-spouses has always been illegal. However, until 1975, every state had a “marital exemption” that allowed a husband to rape his wife without fear of legal consequences.
Massachusetts legislators have addressed bullying (and its electronic cousin, cyberbullying) in their general criminal statutes, and also by requiring all schools to implement antibullying policies, discussed more below.