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The same criminal code that applies to adults also applies to children. Although there is not a special juvenile code, there is a special court system to handle juvenile crime and children cannot be imprisoned with adults. Sentences imposed on juveniles are designed to educate and rehabilitate, rather than punish.

No. Although white collar crime used to focus on the occupational status of the accused, the current definition focuses on the actions committed by the accused. White collar crime is defined as using illegal acts involving deceit to obtain property or services or to gain a business or professional advantage. Examples include embezzlement, mail fraud, […]

Computer crimes concern illegal activity involving one or more components of the Internet such as email, websites, and chat rooms. Internet crimes use the Internet to communicate false or fraudulent representations. These crimes include cyber stalking, computer hacking, identity theft, Internet fraud, and Internet sex offenses.

No, sentencing for drug crimes varies greatly. Penalties depend on the criminal conduct (possession, manufacture, distribution, etc.) as well as the classification of the drug (cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc.) and the amount of the drug. Federal sentencing guidelines begin with 43 base offense levels and add or subtract levels depending on certain specified criteria. The […]

Historically, a very specific set of circumstances had to occur in order for an unwanted sexual act to be considered rape. The sexual act at issue had to be forced intercourse, the rapist had to be a man, and the victim had to be a woman other than rapist’s wife. Instead of the term “rape,” […]

Yes. Drunk driving occurs either when a driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.08 or when a driver is operating his or her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Under the first definition, if it is proven that the person’s BAC at the time of the incident was 0.08 or greater, he or […]