Different Types of Criminal Acts

A crime is defined as any act that is contrary to legal law or code. Crime is unlawful act and it is punishable by the state. Crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, neglect or omission. Below are different types of crimes.


  • Aggravated assault -This crime occurs when a person unlawfully attacks another person for the purpose of inflicting aggravated or severe bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by use of weapon or by any other means that is likely to cause death great body harm.
  • Arson -Any malicious or willful burning or attempt to burn with or without intent to defraud a dwelling house, motor vehicle or aircraft, public building, personal property of another person among others.
  • Assault -Attempt to cause physical harm to another person either knowingly or recklessly but without the use of a weapon.
  • Burglary -The FBI defines burglary as the unlawfully entry to a structure to commit theft or felony. The use of force to gain entry is not needed to classify an offense as burglary.
  • Disorderly conduct -This crime occurs when someone tries to unlawfully breach peace.
  • Drug abuse violation -Violation of both local and state law on things relating to unlawful possession, use, sale, making and manufacturing of narcotic drugs, cocaine and their derivatives (like heroin, morphine, codeine), opium, marijuana, synthetic narcotic and dangerous non narcotic drugs.
  • Driving under influence -This is a crime committed when a person drives a vehicle when he/she is drunk or under the influence of narcotics or liquor.
  • Drunkenness -Offenses that relates to intoxicating or drunkenness but not including drinking under the influence.
  • Embezzlement -This is a crime committed a when an individual or persons misappropriate money or property that is entrusted to ones care, control or custody.
  • Counterfeiting and forgery -Making, uttering, altering or possessing with intent to defraud anything that is false but resembles that which is true. E.g. monetary not or documents.
  • Fraud -Obtaining or converting property or money by false pretense including use of confidence games or bad checks.
  • Gambling -Promoting, engaging or permitting an illegal gambling.
  • Hate/bias crime -This is a criminal offence committed against an individual, society or property that is motivated in part or in whole by the offender who is bias against a race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic /national origin group.
  • Theft -Unlawfully taking property from the possession of another. It includes shoplifting, purse snatching, pocket picking, motor vehicle theft, bicycle theft and theft of motor vehicle accessories and parts.
  • Liquor law violation -Violation of laws that prohibits the manufacture, sale, furnishing, possessing or transporting of intoxicating liquor.
  • Rape -Forcing a girl/woman to engage in sexual activities without her will or consent.
  • Robbery -Taking or any attempt to taking anything that is of value from care, control or custody of person/persons either by force, threat, violence or putting the victim in fear.
  • Sex offenses -Offenses and statutory rape against chastity, moral, common decency and the like including forcible, voyeurism and forcible fondling.
  • Vandalism -Willful or malicious injury, destruction, defacement or disfigurement of any public or private property, either real or personal without the approval of the owner or individual having control or custody.
  • Weapons law violation -Violation of law dealing with regulatory weapon offenses including unlawfully manufacturing, possession or selling of deadly weapons, furnishing deadly weapons to minors or carrying deadly weapons.

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