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How Are Crimes Classified?

Crimes may be subdivided into several degrees based on the seriousness of the conduct involved.

Crimes may be subdivided into several degrees based on the seriousness of the conduct involved.

For example, an assault charge may be first, second, or third-degree, depending on the extent of the injury, whether a weapon was used, the defendant’s intent and the specific conduct involved.

Categorizing crimes in varying degrees is intended to ensure that “the punishment fits the crime.”

August 30, 2006
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