Crimes are defined by criminal law, which refers to a body of federal and state rules that prohibit behaviour the government deems harmful to society. If one engages in such behaviour, they may be guilty of a crime and prosecuted in criminal court.
In today’s society, criminal behaviour and criminal trials are highly publicised in the media and commonly the storyline in hit television shows and movies. As a result, people may consider themselves well-informed on the different types of crimes. However, the law can be quite complicated.
There are many different types of crimes. Please see the comprehensive list on the right.