Violent Crimes

A violent crime or crime of violence – is a crime in which an offender uses or threatens force upon a victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, such as murder, as well as crimes in which violence is the means to an end, such as robbery. Violent crimes may, or may not, be committed with weapons. Depending on the jurisdiction, violent crimes may vary from homicide to harassment.

  • Assault and Battery: Actually two different offenses
    • Assault – (including ADW PC 245) is an action that may inflict physical harm or unwanted touching on someone else.
    • Battery – (PC 242) is the actual infliction of force or violence on someone else.
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon: (ADW) California PC 245 PC
  • Assault: The threat of a battery, or an attempted battery, without actual physical contact.
  • Simple assault or battery: California PC 240 The act of causing someone low-level — not serious — physical injury.
  • Aggravated assault or battery: Serious felony conduct that involves the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon or that results in serious injury.
  • Vehicular assault: Dangerous driving that results in injury to another.
  • Spousal assault (also called domestic assault domestic violence): Violence between domestic partners.
  • Battery: The act of making offensive physical contact with someone.
  • Homicide: The killing of one person by another (regardless of the circumstances).
  • Murder: The intentional killing of another human being.
  • First-degree murder: A term some states use to refer to an intentional killing.
  • Second-degree murder: A term some states use to refer to an unintentional killing in which the killer demonstrates “extreme indifference to human life” or “wanton disregard” for the life of the victim.
  • Felony murder: A term some states use for a death that occurs during the commission of a serious felony, such as robbery or kidnapping. (All participants in such a felony can be charged with murder.)
  • Manslaughter: The unintentional killing of another person, where the killer engages in reckless conduct that causes a death.
  • Negligent homicide: The causing of someone’s death through negligence.
  • Rape: The act of forcibly compelling someone to have sexual intercourse, or sexual intercourse between an adult and a partner under the age of 18, or the act of having intercourse with someone whom the law deems incapable of consent because of a mental handicap.
  • Sodomy: The act of having forced anal or oral sex with someone, or the consensual act of participating in those same acts between an adult and a juvenile.

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