O.J. Simpson was NOT guilty of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman as judged by criminal court jury. Yet a civil court jury held him legally responsible for their deaths. So, how is the civil court's determination different from the criminal? And is O.J. still NOT guilty of murder?
In every state, crimes are put into distinct categories that usually include felony, misdemeanor, and infraction. Decisions on crime classification are made by state legislators, and the determination usually focuses on the seriousness of the crime in terms of impact on victims and society. This article looks at the differences among these crime classifications -- from least serious (infractions) to most serious (felony). (To learn more about how different crimes are defined, check out Nolo's Crimes In-Depth section.)