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Common Criminal Offenses

Published on January 10th, 2020

There are several reasons an individual may run into an issue with the law and be arrested for criminal offenses. While there is an array of things that may lead them to this, there are also a few common criminal offenses that would likely be the cause. Laws vary from state to state as far as punishment and other important factors for crimes committed. Below are some of the most common criminal offenses nationwide.

Property crimes are very common, these mostly when an individuals’ property is at stake and no individual is physically hurt. These offenses occur in burglary, or breaking and entering, when someone enters another person’s property without their consent or authorization, and commit theft or other crimes. Theft may be any form of property, including a motor vehicle.

Crimes related to alcohol use. You may be the most familiar with driving under the influence; this may be under the influence of any drug or alcohol. If a driver is impaired and unable to drive, yet still drives, they are committing this offense. This criminal offense is not limited to DUI, these occur with any form of drunkenness.

Violent crimes may seem like the most obvious criminal offense. When an individual threatens someone and that individual attempts or actually gets physical, these are violent crimes. There are several subcategories that specify each offense, such as rape, murder, and aggravated assault.

While usually hand and hand with drunkenness, disorderly conduct is also very common. This happens when an individual poses no actual danger, but the behavior may be improper. These specifications vary based on the location.

Legal trouble is easy to get into and can be very hard to get into. While it may be impossible to list every possible criminal offense, there is always a criminal defense possible. Should you or someone you know be facing any criminal offense, whether listed or not, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney about what legal options may be available to you. Some attorneys are able to have charges reduced, and in some cases dismissed entirely. Having an open criminal case can be very life altering and frustrating, but there are always options. Speak with a knowledgeable Decatur criminal lawyer so that you can begin the process of building up your defense. No matter if you are guilty or innocent, there are legal options available for you.

Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal law and common offenses.

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