Criminal Laws

By:Mark Payne, Will Kirkland, Reeya Patel

Main Ideas

  • Criminal law consists of law written by Congress and state legislators that make certain types of behavior illegal and punishable by fines or imprisonment.
  • Types of crime are crimes against a person and crimes concerning properties.
  • Penalties make a criminal suffer, change, stop them from hurting other people, and help them change their lives.

Important Words

Murder- One person intentionally and without an excuse, such as self defense,kills another person.

Battery- One person, without permission, touches or harms a second person as a result.

Arson- One person intentionally and without legal excuse sets another person's building on fire.

Misdemeanor- less serious crime.

Felonies-More serious crimes.