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List of Criminal Charges

Crimes are set forth in criminal statutes, which describe the prohibited conduct, the mental state or intent required for guilt, and the range of possible punishments. The specific acts that qualify as criminal conduct will depend on a particular jurisdiction's laws, as will what the actual crime is called.

Read on for links to common criminal charges as well as a broad overview of criminal law.

List of Criminal Charges: A to Z

Below you can find an alphabetical list of common crimes:

Aggravated Assault

Insurance Fraud

Aiding and Abetting / Accessory



Manslaughter: Involuntary

Assault / Battery

Manslaughter: Voluntary


Medical Marijuana


MIP: A Minor in Possession


Money Laundering

Child Abandonment

Murder: First-degree

Child Abuse

Murder: Second-degree

Child Pornography

Open Container (of alcohol)

Computer Crime



Probation Violation

Credit / Debit Card Fraud


Criminal Contempt of Court

Public Intoxication


Pyramid Schemes

Disorderly Conduct

Racketeering / RICO

Disturbing the Peace


Domestic Violence


Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation

Securities Fraud

Drug Possession

Sexual Assault

Drug Trafficking / Distribution







Statutory Rape


Tax Evasion / Fraud


Telemarketing Fraud



Hate Crimes



White Collar Crimes

Identity Theft

Wire Fraud

Indecent Exposure


A Broad Overview of Criminal Law

Federal, state and local governments enact statutes to criminalize the conduct of particular concern to them. For example, a city may determine that it is a misdemeanor to panhandle, while the federal government decides that it is a federal crime to lie on an immigrant visa application. Some criminal charges have been around for centuries, such as robbery and perjury, while others are added over time. An example is the recent creation of the crime of cyberbullying. Once lawmakers adopt a statute, police officers and prosecutors are responsible for enforcing it.

Prosecutors have some leeway in deciding what criminal charges to bring, or whether to pursue the case at all. A prosecution formally begins with either a grand jury indictment or the filing of a criminal complaint. If the jury convicts, judges often follow sentencing guidelines that tell them how much weight to give to factors such as a defendant's past criminal convictions (if any) in fashioning an appropriate sentence.

The U.S. Constitution entitles people charged with crimes to numerous procedural rights, including Miranda warnings, a speedy trial, a right to be free from unlawful searches, and a right to confront accusers. A defendant who wishes to challenge a conviction or sentence can file an appeal with a higher court. There is also a separate method of appealing called petitioning for a writ of habeas corpus, which is a way of disputing the legal basis for one's imprisonment.

If You're Facing Criminal Charges, You Need an Attorney

If you've been accused of something in the list of criminal charges above, or any other crime, it's important to know your legal rights. Because an encounter with the criminal justice system can have devastating consequences, be sure that you have a strong legal defense team in your corner. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney near you to learn more.

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