When you're convicted of a crime you face potential punishments that include a fine and incarceration. However, courts can also impose a probation sentence in lieu of, or in addition to, fines and jail or prison time.
Battery against a police officer involves causing injury to a law enforcement officer (or, in some states, attempting to or threatening to cause injury) . It is treated as a very serious crime. Many states have specific and harsh penalties that apply to battery against a police officer.
A bank teller is called into a conference room where a federal agent asks her some questions about a coworker. Based on the questions, the teller gathers that her coworker is under investigation for defrauding a bank customer. After leaving the interview, the teller sends a text to the coworker to warn him about the investigation.
“Misprision of felony” is a crime that occurs when someone knows a felony has been committed, but fails to inform the authorities about it. The crime originated in English common law and required that citizens report crimes or face criminal prosecution. (Common law is law originating from custom and court decisions rather than statutes.)
Treason is defined as intentionally betraying one's allegiance by levying war against the government or giving aid or comfort to its enemies. It's the most serious offense one can commit against the government and is punishable by imprisonment and death. Treason prosecutions are rare; there have been fewer than 40 federal prosecutions in U.S. history.
Federal laws against suborning perjury set the punishment at up to five years in prison, plus fines. States also punish suborning perjury, which is always a felony and will carry the possibility of at least a year in state prison.
Perjury, the crime of lying under oath, is a serious offense because it can derail the basic goal of the justice system—discovering the truth. Learn what perjury is, common examples, defenses, and punishments.
In the past decade, going through airport security has become downright unpleasant for most of us. However, threatening, hitting, disobeying, or interfering with an airport screener (a "TSA," or Transportation Security Administration employee) violates federal law and can result in imprisonment and fines.