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OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Resisting, obstructing, or opposing any officer in the execution of any legal duty.

The crime of Obstructing Justice includes:

  • Contempt
  • Escape
  • Perjury
  • Resisting or Obstructing an Officer
  • Retaliation against a witness
  • Tampering or fabricating evidence
  • Tampering with witnesses

 

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CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Causing damage to the property of another, willfully and maliciously.

‘Maliciously’ means wrongfully, intentionally, without legal justification or excuse and with the knowledge that the injury or damage will or may be caused to another person or the property of another person.

‘Willfully’ means intentionally, knowingly, and purposefully.

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CHILD ABUSE

The intentional infliction of physical or mental injury, upon a child.

Or, any intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.

Anyone who actively encourages another to commit an act of child abuse is guilty of child abuse.

A child is a person under the age of 18.


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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Possession of any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

In most states each image is an additional count. Ten photos (electronic images) can become ten individual counts of child pornography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CARJACKING

Taking a motor vehicle from the custody of another person by force, violence or assault or putting in fear.

The taking must be with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the victim of their right to use or possess the motor vehicle.

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BRIBERY

To corruptly give, offer, or promise to any public servant any pecuniary or other benefit with the intent to influence the performance of any act within the discretion or power of the public servant.

The state must prove:

  1. The defendant directly or indirectly gave or offered something of value to a public official.
  2. The defendant did so knowingly and corruptly, with the intent to influence an official act.

 

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BOOKMAKING

The elements are:

  1. Defendant was engaged in the business or profession of gambling.
  2. While so engaged he/she took or received a bet or wager.
  3. The bet or wager was upon the result of any trial or contest, or skill, speed, power or endurance of human, beast, fowl, motor vehicle or mechanical apparatus,  or upon the result of any change, casualty, unknown, or contingent event.

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ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT

To prove this crime the state must prove that after the felony was committed you:

  1. assisted or gave aid,
  2. knowing the other person committed a felony
  3. that you intended to help that person avoid detection, or escape,
  4. you are not related by blood or marriage.

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LOITERING and PROWLING

To prove the crime of loitering and prowling, the state must prove:

  1. Defendant loitered or prowled in a place, at a time, or in a manner not usual for law abiding individuals.
  2. The loitering and prowling was under circumstances that warranted justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.

To loiter is to linger or dawdle or remain or move about without a lawful purpose.

 

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CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

To be guilty the state must prove:

The defendant unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner.

It can be a felony if the defendant intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering.

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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

‘Possession’ means to have personal charge of, or exercise the right of ownership, management, or control over the thing possessed.

Possession may be actual or constructive.

‘Constructive possession’ means the thing is in a place over which the person has control, or in which the person has concealed it.

If a person has exclusive possession of a thing, knowledge of its presence may be inferred or assumed.