Classification of Crimes
All crimes are not equal. If someone is caught stealing a few inexpensive items from a convenience store, then the perpetrator would likely be prosecuted and pay the consequence for committing the crime; however, the consequence for that act would be much less severe than for someone who stole a car. Other factors, such as whether the perpetrator used a firearm to steal those items, affect the consequences as well. To judge crimes as fairly and evenly as possible, crimes must be classified.
Review the Learning Resources on criminal and civil law.
Focus on the differences between misdemeanors and felonies (e.g., what constitutes each and how their consequences can vary).
Consider how crimes associate with their corresponding punishments, as well as how crimes can be leveraged against different entities like property, people, and government.
Refer to the Academic Writing Expectations for 2000/3000-Level Courses as you compose your Assignment.
In 150–225 words (2–3 paragraphs), explain the terms felony and misdemeanor. Specifically:
Describe elements of felonies and misdemeanors.
Provide at least three examples of each of these types of crimes.
Identify punishments typically associated with felonies versus misdemeanors.