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Which actions are considered violent crimes?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2021 | Violent Crimes |

Several actions are considered violent crimes, otherwise considered felonies. Violent crimes can include homicide and violent robbery.


The FBI uniform crime reporting program defines violent crimes as offenses involving force or the threat to use force. Violent crimes are classified as offenses against the person and properties as listed below.


Which violent crimes can be committed against the person?

They are offenses violating rights and fundamental freedoms of the individual human and range from homicide, battery and kidnapping to other offenses hurting the human person as follows:


1. Homicide

When you are charged with offenses resulting in the death of another person, classifiable into three as justifiable homicide (in the exercise of lawful authority), excusable homicide (when in self-defense) and criminal homicide, otherwise deemed as murder. 

Murder is either in the first or second degree. In the second degree, there is no malicious aforethought and is otherwise known as manslaughter. Manslaughter is either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter entails the intentional killing of another but justifiable through provocation. Provocation is established by actions and not words. For provocation to exist, no time should lapse between death and provocation.


2. (Aggravated) Assault and Battery

Assault and battery involve the threat or actual use of force against another person, causing them bodily harm. On an aggravated scale, the harm should be meted out with the intent to murder or rob, using a deadly weapon to inflict serious bodily harm like shooting at a victim from a moving car. Conviction earns one to twenty years jail time for first-time offenders and harsher sentences for repeat offenders.


3. False Imprisonment and kidnapping

False imprisonment is the unlawful confinement of a person from movement. Kidnapping is aggravated false imprisonment.


Property-related offenses?

The following are some property-related offenses.


Knowing what constitutes violent crimes is important, as it helps you understand criminal sentences. Importantly, knowing the array of violent crimes available will also help you craft concrete defenses.