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Unformatted text preview: Criminal Justice 101 What are the five categories of crimes? The type of crime committed helps determine what category of criminal law the crime is placed in. The first category of crime is felonies. A felony is a severe crime that is punishable by at least one year in jail or more. Examples of crimes easily classified under felonies are murder, rape, robbery, drug sales, and grand theft. The second category of crime consists of misdemeanors. A misdemeanor may be considered a less serious crime that is punishable anywhere from a fine to a maximum of one year in jail. Examples of crimes that are usually classified under misdemeanors include petty theft, disorderly conduct, vandalism, trespassing, and prostitution. The third category of crime is offenses. Offenses are usually a simple violation of criminal law and are commonly punished with a ticket. They are often referred to as infractions. Common offenses include speeding, commonly punished with a ticket....
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course ECO 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
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