A crime is any act or omission of an act in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it. Most crimes are defined by statute, and they vary tremendously across different states and counties. The Model Penal Code (MPC) provides a good overview of the most common types of crimes, while the US penal code provides a list of all crimes.
While specific criminal acts may vary by jurisdiction, they can be broadly characterized as “felonies” and “misdemeanors.” Felonies include more serious crimes such as, murder or rape, and are usually punishable by imprisonment of a year or more.
Misdemeanors are less serious offenses and are punishable by less than a year of imprisonment or fines. Municipal offense are seen as less egregious and usually involve a fine or class. Probation in Arvada can be as short as three months and as long as one year.
Probation and diversion are sentences commonly utilized in the juvenile justice system. The sentencing goals in juvenile justice are to employ evidence-based intervention to rehabilitate the juvenile. If proper evidence-based interventions are utilized, the juvenile should be properly rehabilitated in a manner that they will not re-offend and obtain additional charges within Arvada.