Crime Classification 101

Crimes are different depending on their severity. They start with infractions, then misdemeanors and finally the most serious, felonies. These classifications can influence the procedures as well as the charges. Here is some information on the differences.

What is an Infraction?

This type of crime is the least serious. This type of crime typically leads to a ticket in which the person has a pay a fine. These usually involve little or no time in court. Infractions commonly known are traffic tickets, jaywalking, simple speeding tickets, red light tickets, and littering to name a few.

What type of crimes are considered a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors usually have the punishment of a substantial fine and may include some jail time, usually less than one year.

What makes a crime a Felony?
A felony is the most serious level of crimes. They are classified by degree with first degree being the most serious. A few examples include murder, treason, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping and terrorism.

What are civil cases vs criminal cases?
A civil case is a private dispute between two entities. (People or organizations) Criminal cases include actions that can be harmful to society as a whole.


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