Frequently Asked Criminal Law Questions: Crime Definitions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Criminal Law Definitions and What It Could Mean For You


Today’s discussion involves some of the most FAQs involving criminal defense and how it relates to individuals committing criminal acts.

1. What Is A Bail Bond?

A bail bond is a type of bond (some form of cash or other money) that is procured through a bail bondsman or company associated with the bail bondsman. Under the provision of most criminal offenses, it will secure the release of the person before they go to trial. Under the provision of most criminal offenses, it also secures the person’s appearance, in court and before the judge. That means the person has to appear. Failure to appear in court and before the judge will send the person back to jail. It also states, under the provision for most criminal offenses, that the person is no longer entitled to the option of another bail bond if that happens. That means the person has ruined his or her chances and will remain in jail.

2. What’s The Difference Between Criminal And Civil Law?

Civil law usually refers to an argument or dispute between two or more ordinary citizens that ends with some kind of settlement(usually money) or closure. These cases have much lower standards. The cases are usually decided based on “the preponderance of the evidence”. That means(in lamen’s terms) that the odds are pretty favorable that something happened in one way versus another. Think of it in the vein of “he said, she said”.These offenses do not usually venture into the realm of a criminal offense. A criminal offense is when a criminal offense has occurred (usually something to do with a robbery, sexual assault, even death). These cases have to be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt”. That means that there is no other explanation for the events that happened. The prosecution has shown factual evidence that explains everything. These types of cases work on logically thinking more than anything else.

3. What Is Criminal Trespassing?

Trespassing is when a person (unintentionally) trespasses on someone else’s property without knowing. Criminal trespassing is when the person (intentionally) wanders onto someone else’s property. They might not be there to commit an illegal act(such as burglary or kill someone), but they are there because they want to be.

4. What Is A Hit and Run?

That is when the person hits someone in traffic with their car and flees the scene. A hit and run are considered(by many legal professionals) to be an intentional act of criminality and can be prosecuted as a criminal offense. The person, knowingly, left the scene.

5. What Is A Criminal Conspiracy?

According to those who study criminal law, that is when an agreement is constructed between two or more people regarding a criminal act happening sometime in the future. Most lawyers adhere to the guidelines of one or more acts being committed to constitute the ruling.

6. What’s The Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

Many use the two words interchangeably (when they should not). A robbery is when someone takes another person’s valuables in front of them (using either force, fear, or both). Burglary is when the person takes something of value when the person is not there. They are intentionally entering someone else’s property to take the item of value.

7. What Is Arson?

That is when someone (intentionally) sets fire to something for one reason or another. The person know what they are doing and why. Arson cases can also be filed under a criminal offense, depending on the situation and the severity.

8. What Is Probation Violation?

That is when a person has broken the guidelines of their probation. Some rules must be followed during probation. A violation could result in more fines, longer jail time, and longer probation guidelines. Visit the site for more information on criminal offenses and other related topics.