Understanding the Types of Criminal Offences

Criminal OffencesDay in and day out, you hear news of crimes being committed in every part of the world. It seems that crimes are already part and parcel of everyday human existence. What is mind-boggling, however, is that almost every other incident is considered a crime. No one can actually blame you if you're at a loss as to what crimes really are.

What are Crimes?

According to Perth criminal lawyers, any activity that is considered detrimental to the well-being of another person, a property or even the society in general is considered a crime. Understand that criminal lawsuits can only be filed by the state against you. If it was a person filing the lawsuit, this is more a civil case than a criminal case.

Are there Different Types of Crimes?

Crimes are categorised into four broad classifications: crimes committed against persons or individuals, crimes committed against property or properties, incomplete criminal acts, and crimes committed against existing laws or statutes.

  1. Personal crimes are those that grossly violate another person’s integrity, health, well-being or even life. Examples of personal crimes include assault, battery, rape, homicide, murder, kidnapping, statutory rape and other similar offences involving some form of harm to another person.
  2. Property crimes are offences that are directed to property or belongings of other people leading to the inability of that person to exercise his right to the use of the property. For example, if you take someone else’s personal belongings, you are technically causing that person to not enjoy the benefits of his belongings. Examples of property crimes are theft and robbery. Timpano Legal says armed robbery is also included.
  3. Incomplete crimes or inchoate crimes are simply illegal activities that have not been completed. Solicitation and conspiracy are excellent examples of inchoate crimes. So are attempted murder and attempted bribery.
  4. Statutory crimes are those that specifically violate existing laws of the land. For example, the selling of alcoholic beverages to a minor is considered a statutory criminal offense. Another example is driving under the influence.

Crimes are any offence contrary to the norms. And while it may take on different forms, a crime certainly does not go unpunished.