Presentation on theme: "What is a crime? A crime is an act that violates the laws of the State, or National government."— Presentation transcript:
What is a crime? A crime is an act that violates the laws of the State, or National government.
Two Types of Crime 1.Felony – a crime punishable by death, or imprisonment for more than one year. 2.Misdemeanor – a crime punishable by a fine, or imprisonment for less than one year.
Felonies Arson Burglary Distribution of illegal drugs Grand theft Rape Murder Vandalism of Federal property
Misdemeanors Traffic violations Trespassing Petty theft – under $500 Public intoxication Indecent exposure Driving under the influence Prostitution
Why do people commit crimes? Poverty Anger Revenge Survival Personality
How does crime impact its victims? Physical harm – Injuries Emotional harm – Fear, anger, grief (for victims and their families) Loss of property – Some items are irreplaceable
Victim’s Impact Statement In some trials, the victim or their family will give statements to the jury that describe how the crime affected their life. m?guidAssetId=A78A449C-17DD-4423-BD B3D8716C&blnFromSearch=1&productco de=US m?guidAssetId=A78A449C-17DD-4423-BD B3D8716C&blnFromSearch=1&productco de=US
Performance Task Each group of 2 will be given a card that describes a crime that was committed against you or a member of your family. You will write a Victim’s Impact Statement describing how the crime affected you physically and emotionally. You will also include the punishment you think the criminal deserves and why you feel that way.