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Transcript of The Crime
There are two categories for crimes committed in the United States.
It must be wrongful- doing harm to others or society.
It must be carried out with intent.
Misdemeanor- less serious offenses.
Felony- more serious offense.
Punished mostly by fines or short jail sentences,
usually less than a year.
What crimes are misdemeanors??
Some Traffic Violations
Minor Consumption of Alcohol
Possession of small amount of marijuana
Minor Property Theft
Driving While Intoxicated
A crime is an intentional commission of an act that violates the law.
Almost always carries a prison sentence.
Everyone tell me one crime they think is a felony
What states have capital punishment
3-drug cocktail = cruel and unusual?
Celebrity Mug Shots
-Any criminal suspect has many due process rights
-These rights prohibit the government from depriving any American citizen of "life, liberty, or property" without due process of law.
Basically, due process means...
The government can't act unfairly or unreasonably in its treatment of criminal suspects.
Secondly, the suspect must always be told of the charges against them
It also guarantees them the opportunity to defend themselves in court
Due Process Rights
-Juveniles have almost the same due process rights as adults
Juries are not mandatory
Some juvenile cases where a serious crime is alleged, such as murder, or rape.
Theft and Burglary
Types of Felonies
White Collar Crimes
Credit Card Fraud
Not all drug crimes are felonies
Possession laws differ, depending on
All manufacturing is a felony.
manufacturing is a problem in Minnesota.
The stronger the drug is, the bigger the punishment will be.
*Look at Crime & Punishment Chart
A lot of manufacturing is done outside the U.S.A., and smuggled into the country
Selling any illegal controlled substance is punishable by law.
The severity of punishment depends on:
-the type of drug being sold
-the amount of the drug in the dealer's possession.
Crimes against the public order
Crimes against the government
Privacy and Technology crimes
Threats to public peace and safety
Bribery of public officials
Are these REALLY victimless crimes?
a crime involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met.
Crack vs. Cocaine
All drugs are not punished equally
Influencing or applying to a period prior to enactment.
In a somewhat related story, gender discrimination is also illegal. Though it is a misdemeanor in most cases.
Defined: Sex discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of that person's sex.
States have implemented more restrictions on certain OTC drugs and anhydrous ammonia to curb Meth production