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What Is a Felony?

by: Teo Spengler

Crimes come in two sizes, small and large. The big ones are termed felonies while the lesser crimes are called misdemeanors. Felonies are crimes that carry a potential penalty of at least one year in state or federal prison, while misdemeanors are ...
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How Long is a Life Sentence?

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What Is a Bench Warrant?

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What Is Criminal Negligence?

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What Is Battery Crime?

by: Victoria Langley

Battery encompasses conduct that results in actual offensive or harmful contact between a perpetrator and victim, which may or may not result in a bodily injury or markings. Battery is a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on your state’s law.
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Can You Go to Jail at an Arraignment?

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What Is a Crime Against Nature?

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Can You Be a Cop With a Felony?

by: Teo Spengler

Generally, it is not possible for someone convicted of a felony to become a police officer. Aside from obvious public-trust issues, felons cannot legally own or use guns.
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Facts About Criminal Profiling

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Criminal profiling is an aspect of police work that is gaining increasing popularity. This field consists of building a personality profile of a criminal whose identity is unknown. This profile can then be used to help find the criminal and bring ...
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