crime

  

Definition

Harmful act or omission against the public which the State wishes to prevent and which, upon conviction, is punishable by fine, imprisonment, and/or death. No conduct constitutes a crime unless it is declared criminal in the laws of the country. Some crimes (such as theft or criminal damage) may also be civil wrongs (torts) for which the victim(s) may claim damages in compensation.

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  • When the driver ran through a stoplight they committed a crime and would have to pay a fine if a police officer was nearby to pull them over.

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  • Jenny did not want to move into a neighborhood with a high rate of crime, fearing this would endanger her newborn, but the closeness to the police department headquarters made her feel safe.

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  • If you break the law and hurt someone, you have committed a crime and may be punished by going to jail, paying a fine or performing community service.

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