- Crimes against the person refers to offenses where bodily harm or threats of bodily harm are involved.
- There are a large number and variety of crimes against the person, as defined by state and federal statute.
A Broad General List of Crimes Against the Person:
Because crimes against the person are defined by state and federal statute, they may vary significantly. A partial list would include, but not be limited to, the following:
Homicide offenses – homicide is actually not one specific offense but a category of offenses referring to the death of one person by one or more persons.
- Murder – when a life is take with express or implied malice aforethought. Malice aforethought refers to deliberately and intentionally taking the life of another.
- Voluntary manslaughter – where a life is taken, in many jurisdictions provoked by excitable passion.
- Manslaughter – when one person kills another without deliberation or malice.
- Kidnapping – when force, intimidation or deception is used to restrain, confine or transport another.
- False imprisonment – confining and/or detaining another without the victim’s consent and without legal authority.
- Sexual assault – sexual conduct by one person upon another without the victim’s consent.
- Assault – intentionally placing another in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm or attempting to use physical force against another
- Aggravated assault – assault involving a deadly weapon.
- Battery – the willful use of force upon another without the victim’s consent
- Domestic violence offenses – physical harm by one household family member upon another – often involving spouses.
- Harassment – an intentional pattern of conduct intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another, likely to cause emotional distress.
- Stalking – conduct or a pattern of conduct in which the victim is threatened, followed, harassed or otherwise placed in fear of their safety.
- Hate crimes – an offense of harm motivated by the offender’s bias, which may include bias against a religion, race, group, disability, ethnicity or those of a particular sexual orientation.
- Injury to pregnant women – commission of a felony in which the conduct is likely to result in miscarriage or stillbirth