An Overview of United States Crimes

I’m a big Law and Order fan. Criminal cases can be very complex, contrary to the television show’s portrayal. Because of this complexity, I decided that I wanted to get a better grasp on the crimes that make up the subject matter of the Law and Order episodes. For this reason, I decided to do a little research on the criminal justice system in the United States.

I came across a very detailed article by the criminal attorneys of Horst Law. The article presented different categories of crimes, and how each category contains more-specific criminal charges. It emphasized that no two criminal cases are the same and that the specifics and circumstances associated with any criminal accusation are different. Not only is the state’s case against the accused unique, the defenses that the accused will present are also unique.

The article organized crimes into the following categories: sex offenses, drug crimes (state and federal), DUI/DWI, domestic violence, white collar crimes, violent crimes, property crimes, probation violations, and internet crimes. Then, the article presented a list of more specific crimes within each category. For example, drug crimes include drug manufacturing, trafficking, and conspiracy. The substances subject to drug crimes include marijuana, cocaine, MDMA & ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs.

Drug trafficking is a catch-all term used to cover the manufacture, sale, and delivery of some controlled substance. Drug trafficking charges can result in serious felony convictions that result in jail time. Trafficking cases are handled by federal authorities because these authorities assume that trafficking involves crossing state boundaries. Another broad drug crime is drug conspiracy. All this crime requires is two or more people that allegedly planned to commit some drug offense. For this crime, the plan does not need to occur for charges to be brought upon an individual or individuals. The essence of the crime is the plan, which necessarily involves more than one person.

White collar crimes include embezzlement and securities fraud. The article explained that securities fraud itself sanctions an even more specific type of conduct. For instance, securities fraud concerns the criminal charges associated with internet fraud, insider trading, Ponzi schemes, and the creation of dummy corporations. Dummy corporations are corporations that are created by individuals that are intended to mimic well-established corporations. Through the dummy corporation, the creator tries to money in exchange for the issuance of stock. People think they may be buying stock in the well-established corporation, but they are actually purchasing stock in the dummy corporation.

I now have a better grasp of the various crimes that are part of our criminal justice system. I am certain that my Law and Order watching experience will be enhanced! If you want to make your television experience better, or if you want some basic knowledge of criminal charges in our criminal justice system, I would highly recommend the article I found. It expertly explained the different crimes in a neat, organized manner.

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