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Crime Definitions

General term for physical or mental mistreatment.

Child Abuse
An intentional or neglectful physical or emotional injury imposed on a child, including sexual molestation.

Spousal Abuse
Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse inflicted by one spouse on the other spouse.

Malicious burning to destroy property.

The threat or use of force on another that causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact; the act of putting another person in reasonable fear or apprehension of an immediate battery by means of an act amounting to an attempt or threat to commit a battery.

Aggravated Assault
Criminal assault accompanied by circumstances that make it more severe, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the intent to commit another crime, or the intent to cause serious bodily harm.

Assault and Battery
Assault in conjunction with actual battery.

Assault With A Deadly Weapon
An aggravated assault in which the defendant, controlling a deadly weapon, threatens the victim with death or serious bodily injury.

Attempted Assault
An attempt to commit an assault.

The application of force to another, resulting in harmful or offensive contact.

The corrupt payment, receipt, or solicitation of a private favor for official action.

The forging, copying, or imitating of something (usually money) without a right to do so and with the purpose of deceiving or defrauding.

Domestic Violence
Violence between members of a household, usually spouses; an assault or other violent act committed by one member of a household against another.

Drug Crimes
The definitions below encompass both drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The growing of organic drugs or their precursors, e.g. marijuana, coca, opium poppies, etc.

The act selling or trading drugs.

Includes the creation of synthetic drugs and the act of isolating drug compounds from organic sources.

Having drugs or drug paraphernalia on one's person.

Possession for Sale
The possession of drugs in quantities sufficient for resale.

Prescription Fraud
The act of obtaining prescription (legal) drugs through forged or stolen prescriptions.

The act of transferring drugs from one location to another, usually on behalf of a second party.

The act of driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol content of a .08 or greater or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both, to a degree to render you unsafe to operate a motor vehicle.

The illegal transfer of money or property that, although possessed legally by the embezzler, is diverted to the embezzler personally by his or her fraudulent action.

Obtaining money or property by threat to a victim's property or loved ones, intimidation, or false claim of a right (such as pretending to be an IRS agent).

The act of fraudulently making a false document or altering a real one to be used as if genuine.

A knowing misrepresentation of the truth or concealment of a material fact to induce another to act to his or her detriment.

Indecent Exposure
An offensive display of one's own body in public, especially of the genitals.

Gross, wanton, and public indecency that is outlawed by many state statutes; a sexual act that the actor knows will likely be observed by someone who will be affronted or alarmed by it.

Dismemberment or permanent disfigurement.

Money Laundering
The federal crime of transferring illegally obtained money through legitimate persons or accounts so that its original source cannot be traced.

Any form of expression, such as a book, painting, photograph, movie, or play, that deals with sex in a way that is regarded as so offensive as to be beyond the protection of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech. Under the most recent of the Supreme Court's efforts to define obscenity, the term applies to material that appeals to prurient interest, depicts, or describes sexual conduct in a way that is patently offensive, and lacks "serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."

The act or an instance of a person's deliberately making material false or misleading statements while under oath.

Pictures and/or writings of sexual activity intended solely to excite lascivious feelings of a particularly blatant and aberrational kind, such as acts involving children, animals, orgies, and all types of sexual intercourse.

The crime of engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity for hire.

The use of reasonable force against an aggressor by one who reasonably believes it necessary in order to avoid imminent bodily harm. Self-defense is a justification for conduct that would otherwise be a crime.

Sexual Harassment
A form of unlawful employment discrimination consisting of harassment of an employee or group of employees, usually women. This may take the form of requiring or seeking sexual favors as a condition of employment (quid pro quo harassment) or otherwise subjecting an employee to intimidation, ridicule, or insult because of her sex, whether or not the harassing conduct is sexual in nature.

Sexual Offense
General term used to describe a crime of a sexual nature.

The act of threatening, harassing, or annoying someone, especially with the intent of placing the recipient in fear that an illegal act or an injury will be inflicted on the recipient or a member of the recipient's family or household. ‘

Politically motivated violence or intimidation directed against a civilian population by a subgroup within a population, by an outside group, or by clandestine agents of another country.


  1. The felonious taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent to permanently deprive the true owner thereof; larceny.
  2. Broadly, any act or instance of stealing, including larceny, burglary, embezzlement, and false pretenses.

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