Criminal Law

Crime and Criminal Law is the place to ask and answer questions about law violations and arrests. It is not for asking how to commit a crime. Questions here will help you understand how criminal law works and what happens when and if you commit a crime.

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Car Batteries
Criminal Law

Can criminal charges be filed when a repo man attempts to take your car and hooks the car to the wrecker and moves the car while your kids are still in it?

Of course. It is called kidnapping. He should go to jail for that and the company needs to give you lots of money for your emotional distress and your kids of course. You probably won't work for a long long time and same for your kids. So yes you can.

Criminal Law
Suicide Warning Signs, Statistics, and Prevention

Why is it illegal for people to kill themselves?

it shouldn't be illegal for people to kill themselves as this doesn't go against anyone else but the person who is trying to kill himself. It is not good to give up and kill yourself because tomorrow is another day and things do get better sometimes depending on your situation and your approach to things. Sometimes we convince ourselves that there is no other way because we had enough and we are tired. At the end of the day it is your life and your decision. There shouldn't be any laws in our constitution that forbid killing yourself as it is a very personal decision. If people follow the law, there would be no suicides in this world.

Television and Video
Criminal Law

What is the video '3 Guys 1 Hammer'?

"3 Guys 1 Hammer" Also known as the Dnepropetrovsk Killers/Maniacs. This is a real brutal SNUFF (murder) video that has been circulating the Internet about 3 Ukrainian/Russian teenagers who beat a man to death with a hammer, stabbed him, tortured him and pulled out his eyes with a screwdriver. YouTube has pulled it off their site - as have many others websites. It is the most graphic, violent and evil thing to see. You are watching a man being killed and actually die on video. Don't watch it; there are some things that don't ever need to be seen. It cannot be erased from your memory. The names of the Dnepropetrovsk killers are:

Igor Suprunyuck, Viktor Sayenko and Alexander Hanzha.

The 3 defendants (sociopaths), who proudly made this evil video and others of themselves murdering people, were found guilty on February 11, 2009, of murdering the man in the named video - as well as 20 others - attacking 29 people in all "for their fun" in the span of less than a month between 25th June - 16th July 2007. The victims ranged from a 14-year-old boy to women to elderly cancer patients.

Suprunyuck and Sayenko were sentenced to life imprisonment; Hanzha received nine years in prison for these indiscriminate killings. Click on the Related Link below to read more about these horrendous crimes.

Mental Health
Divorce and Marriage Law
Criminal Law

Can a spouse be accused of stalking?

Yes, they can depending on the circumstances.


If the person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person, then yes a spouse could be accused of stalking. The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation would experience under all the circumstances. In some states there is also a requirement that the person accused of stalking knew or should have known that his/her actions were likely to cause fear in the "victim".

Criminal Law
Police and Law Enforcement

Why would a US Marshall arrest someone instead of a police officer?

THE US Marshal appointed for a particular district is unlikely to arrest someone themselves. It is a politically appointed position who is not required to have law enforcement experience. However, a DEPUTY US Marshal is likely to make arrests. They might arrest someone rather than a police officer if it is for a violation of federal law. For example, the US Marshall's service is responsible for federal prisoners and tracking down those who are wanted for federal crimes and those who escape federal custody.

a Deputy US Marshal might arrest someone if the person had a federal warrant, if the person fled the state jurisdiction in which they committed a state offense, or if the Deputy Marshal was assigned to a multijurisdictional task force of agents and officers who are charged with apprehending violent fugitives (Fugitive Investigation Strike Team, for example).

African-American History
Criminal Law

What does red on the rap sheet mean?


A "RAP Sheet" is a Record of Arrests and Prosecutions. In most cases color (i.e. Red) is used to draw the terminal operator's attention to a specific area of the report. There is no standard color coding… and a recorded printed on a B&W printer wouldn't show colors anyway.

The idea that red means a criminal background makes little sense, since the entire record is a "Record of Arrests and Prosecutions".

Criminal Law
Property Law
State Laws

What value constitutes grand larceny in Maryland?

Maryland does not use the term "grand larceny" or "grand theft." Rather, specific punishments are set based on several different value ranges.

The lowest is Theft under $100. It is a misdemeanor and carries a max sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up tp $500

Theft under $1000 dollars is also a misdemeanor. 18 months and/or $500

Theft between $1,000 and $10,000 is a felony. 10 years and/or $10,000

Between $10,000 and $100,000 is a felony. 15 years and/or $15,000

More than $100,000 is a felony. 25 years and/or $25,000

Criminal Law
Pertanyaan dalam Bahasa Indonesia

Fungsi hukum pidana dalam masyarakat?

hukum pidana berfungsi sebagai pengendali kejahatan yang dibuat oleh manusia.hukum pidana juga berfungsi sebagai penegas atau sebagai penerapan sanksi bagi hukum lain, seperti hukum perdata dan administrasi.

Criminal Law
Civil Rights

What is an Endorsed Warrant?

A warrant will be issued on to an accused. The police pick up that individual and then they have the option of having the warrant endorsed to allow them to release the accused on a police issued process to promise to appear in court on a future appearance. There is a section in the original warrant labelled 'Endorsement of Warrant". This section is then signed.

Criminal Law

What is major crime reporting?

You may be referring to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics compiled by the FBI from statistics gathered from law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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Criminal Law
Property Law
Local Laws

What does non criminal local charge mean?

More charges for you (the taxpayer. You see the government wants your money and finds new ways to charge you to get to your money so you have no life and create more stress for you and your family. They don't life to see you happy prosperous because your government is not an intelligent benevolent government. What are you going to do about it? Stop talking about it and do something for yourself and your future generation.

Grand Theft Auto (video game)
Law & Legal Issues
Criminal Law

What is the penalty for grand theft in pa?

Felony 3rd Degree/ Felonyu*7 yrs$15,000

Criminal Law
Acronyms & Abbreviations
Computer and Internet Fraud

What does BW stand for as a criminal charge?

It possibly stands for bench warrant.

In UK it does it is normally issued when someone fails to turn up in court and can be issued either with or without bail.

Criminal Law
Acronyms & Abbreviations

What does COD mean when it refers to murder?

Cause of Death

Criminal Law
State Laws

What is the definition of capital murder?

"The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse."

This is potentially the law of Arkansas. I don't know. However, capital murder varies greatly by state. Typically, it is premeditated killing. Then, the jury can decide in sentencing whether they should punish with the state's 1st degree murder non-capital or their capital. There is typically no real definition and it is just a crapshoot.

Criminal Law
US Constitution
Capital Punishment

Which US states currently have the death penalty?

As of July 2011, the following 34 states have capital punishment statutes:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Idaho
  11. Indiana
  12. Kansas
  13. Kentucky
  14. Louisiana
  15. Maryland
  16. Mississippi
  17. Missouri
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska
  20. Nevada
  21. New Hampshire
  22. North Carolina
  23. Ohio
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Oregon
  26. Pennsylvania
  27. South Carolina
  28. South Dakota
  29. Tennessee
  30. Texas
  31. Utah
  32. Virginia
  33. Washington
  34. Wyoming


United States Government (federal law)

United States Military

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty as of July 2011.

Criminal Law

What does other offense mean?

It means what other offenses can I add on here to ruin your life and make sure that you cannot create a decent life for yourself. Totally murder you socially, economically, and any other way I possibly can without taking your life. Taking your life would be a treat for you so i will take away everything else I can possibly take away from you to ensure that you are living hell on earth. This is what it means.

Criminal Law
Property Law
Landlord-Tenant Issues

How long can a courtesy hold for extradition last?

Not familiar with the term "courtesy" hold. If you are held for extradition as a fugitive from another state, there is no "courtesy" about it. It's simply "the law."


"Courtesy hold" is a common term to those familiar with the law. It means that a person is being held as a courtesy to an agency in another jurisdiction. This is common for example with the US Marshals when they arrest a person in one jurisdiction and have them held in a local jail until they can be transported. The exact length of time varies from one state to the next, but it is normally 7 - 10 days (enough time to arrange extradition paperwork and transportation).

Law & Legal Issues
Criminal Law

Is murder legal anywhere?

Societies have sanctioned murder (pursuant to a death penalty) when committed by a government. Although justification for such killings is commonly advanced by claiming a retributive purpose (this reasoning goes back to biblical times), it is a form of profound denial to claim they are completely free of "malice aforethought". Attempts to legitimize such killings through social consensus do not negate their moral status as murder. There is no question that such killings are "deliberate and premeditated." The universally experienced discomfort connected with killing another human being has yet to be fully owned up to in the few jurisdictions where the death penalty is legal.

Killings associated with war are similarly excused as something other than murder. At its core, the distinction is conceptual and illusory.

Remember, murder and killing are distinctly different legal concepts.

Killing is causing the death of another person.

Murder is a legal definition of certain types of killing. By definition, an illegal killing is murder, and thus, murder is always illegal.

Virtually all known societies have situations where killing is perfectly legal: such situations can depend on a great deal of variables, from the "who did" the killing, do "who was" killed, to the actions of either at the time of the killing, to other conditions in force at the time of the killing. All of these circumstances must be collected together to determine if a killing is murder or not. If the killing is deemed illegal, then it becomes murder.

Thus, murder is never legal anywhere.

Law & Legal Issues
Criminal Law
Jail Incarceration

How much jail time for impersonating a police officer?

Depends on what you did. Did you kill someone or were you just showing off to someone? So it depends on the action.

Criminal Law

What is the purpose of a forgery?

To make buyers believe they are getting an original work of art


Also, forgery is a crime and all countries have laws that prohibit citizens from indulging in such activity. People involved in forged activities can be jailed and fined heavily by the law. To be simple: Forgery is an illegal activity and should not be done.

Criminal Law
Local Laws
State Laws

Are expandable batons illegal in NY?

Under Education law, s. 6435 and Penal Law, s. 265.20, NY Code (effective after the 2013 legislative session), it is illegal to carry any baton [billy] "which is twenty-four to twenty-six inches in length and no more than one and one-quarter inches in thickness" unless you are a private college security officer, certain auxiliary police, or are:

"1. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with New York state, its agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks; or

2. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with sister states, their agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks; or

3. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with foreign countries, their agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks as permitted under federal law."

Carrying a baton is criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Criminal Law
US Constitution

What does criminal case aging mean?

It means that it has been on the courts docket for quite some time and is beginning to "age out" as the deadline for the requirement of "speedy trial' approaches.

Criminal Law

What is the meaning of officer-in-charge?

Officer in charge is just a general term used to describe the officer who has authority over a specific situation. It can refer to many thing - an officer in charge of a specific criminal or traffic case, the officer who is in charge of a division's station house at a specific point in time, or even a command officer in charge of a specific event.

This term does not reflect or describe any one specific rank.

Criminal Law
Illegal Drugs

What is the weakest marijuana?

It is called "Dirt". Its the cheapest and weakest, and sometimes it doesnt even have any affect. Next is "Regs", which is a little better


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