Crimes and Penalties by State

Each state has a unique set of statutes (laws) and court opinions that make up that state's criminal law and procedure. Even crimes as common as burglary vary from state to state in terms of what prosecutors have to prove to convict defendants and what penalties defendants face. If you're interested in knowing how your state defines and punishes a particular crime, you need to read and understand the relevant statutes and court cases yourself, talk to an experienced lawyer who practices criminal law, or read an article on the topic from a trusted resource. 

Below you'll see links to each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. On each jurisdiction's page, we've posted articles on common crimes and penalties. We're updating and adding new articles all of the time, so if you don't see a crime covered on your state's page, please check back soon.

Please Click on Your State Below:

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