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Criminal Offense

Will You Get in Trouble for Selling Counterfeit Goods?

Counterfeiting is the act of making or selling lookalike goods or services bearing fake trademarks.

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Underage Drinking and Minor-in-Possession Laws

Criminal laws punish minors who are illegally in possession of alcohol (these are sometimes called "minor-in-possession" or MIP laws). Related laws pu...

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Theft and Shoplifting Crimes

Theft (or larceny) is an umbrella term that applies to various methods of stealing another's personal property with the "specific intent to permanentl...

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Robbery

The crime of robbery occurs when the offender uses violence or threats of physical harm to take property from the victim. Read on to learn more about ...

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Rape and Statutory Rape

Rape is nonconsensual sexual intercourse, often consisting of unwanted intercourse accomplished by means of force or fear.

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Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter

Homicide is a legal term for any killing of a human being by another human being.

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Fraud Crimes and Ponzi Schemes

Fraud crimes involve theft through misrepresentation and other deceptive tactics -- put more simply, a fraud scammer tricks a victim out of money thro...

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Drug Laws and Drug Crimes

Drug laws and drug crimes have gotten lots of attention in the past decade.

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Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence crimes are characterized by physical abuse and threats between two people who are in a close family or social relationship. This art...

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Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication

Disorderly conduct (also called "disturbing the peace" in some states) is a crime that usually involves some kind of offensive or disruptive public ac...

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Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions: Classifying Crimes

In every state, crimes are put into distinct categories that usually include felony, misdemeanor, and infraction. Decisions on crime classification ar...

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Assault, Battery, and Aggravated Assault

The crimes of assault, assault and battery, and aggravated assault are all related to intentional harm inflicted on one person by another. Any crime i...

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Arson

Arson crimes involve setting fire to property -- usually residential property or a commercial structure. Read on to learn more about the crime of arso...

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Accomplices, Accessories, Aiders, and Abettors

States define criminals in different ways -- principals, accomplices, accessories, aiders, abettors, and conspirators -- depending on how the person p...

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