Personal Crimes Analysis

1510 words - 7 pages

Personal Crimes Analysis
Mayra Griffith
CJA/343

Personal Crime Analysis
Violent crimes are commonly known as personal crimes, which are reported often to law enforcement agencies. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (2010) violent crimes are defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force. For my Personal Crime Analysis I want to identify, define, discuss, and differentiate the following personal crimes: assault, battery, mayhem, rape and statutory rape. I will also identify and define the different types of homicides and show how they associate with assault, battery, mayhem, rape, and statutory rape.
Assault And Battery
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” A perfect example of mayhem would be that of a former London television presenter whose face was disfigured in an acid attack. On March 31, 2008, Katie Piper’s face was disfigured when a man named Stefan Sylvestere threw acid at her face while walking on a busy London street. Sylvestere had been hired to commit such attack by Piper’s ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch. According to Murfitt, N. from Dailymail.com (October 19, 2009) prior to Piper’s attack she had been assaulted and raped by Mr. Lynch. In an attempt to get away from him she broke up the relationship and later started receiving threatening messages, which then led to the acid attack.
Rape and Statutory Rape
Both rape and statutory rape involve unlawful sexual contact or intercourse. According to California Penal Code Section 261 (2009) rape is the act of unlawful sexual intercourse that is accomplished against the victim’s will by means of force, fear, violence, duress, or menace. In some states rape is also considered first-degree sexual assault. Statutory rape is non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than the statutory age of consent depending on the state of residence. According to the California Penal Code Section 261.5 (2009) statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of eighteen. The difference between rape and statutory rape is that the act of rape is without the consent of the victim and statutory rape can involved the consent of both parties involved. Rape is associated with assault and battery because in most cases the attacker uses verbal or physical threats and violence to get what he or she wants. If the attacker believes the victim may identify him or her there is the possibility that the incident may turn into a murder.
Types of Homicides
In most cases involving a homicide there is the chance that personal crimes were associated to the incident. A homicide occurs when a person takes the life of another whether intentionally or unintentionally. I believe there are several types of homicide. Each type of homicide is different based on the circumstances, person, and events that led to the incident. For this paper I want to discuss four types of homicide: First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter, and Felony Murder.
First-Degree Murder and Felony Murder
According to FindLaw (2009), “in most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated.” First-degree murder is basically when a person kills another after planning the act. An example of first-degree murder would be if Bill Johnson found his wife with another man in bed and a few days later he followed that man and killed him. In this type of case Bill Johnson followed the other man with the intention of killing him and taking revenge. In some states first-degree murder can be charged as a felony murder if the suspect(s) killed another person (intentional or unintentionally) during the...

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