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What Is Criminal Law?

Criminal law is the area of law dealing with those accused with crimes. Crimes are acts against individuals or other entities that are so severe that the offense is considered also an offense against society.  It is therefore considered an offense against the state or government and defendants are prosecuted and punished by the state or federal government.

Criminal penalties serve as a deterrent against others from committing the same crime and to seek justice for victims of crimes.  Criminal penalties can include, fines, probation, incarceration and even death.  Defendants found guilty of violating a criminal statute may also be sued in civil court by their victims for damages.

Types of offenses that are considered criminal include, murder, attempted murder, rape, theft or larceny, embezzlement, vandalism, robbery and many other violent and non-violent offenses against people and society.

Criminal law is said to deal with regulating the behavior of individuals and groups to conform to the norms of society, whereas civil law deals with the relationships between private parties and their rights and obligations to one another.  One finds many areas of law where the difference between criminal and civil liability is often blurred.


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