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Explaining violent crimes in Massachusetts

Violent crimes can happen anywhere in Massachusetts. It doesn't matter how strong the law enforcement presence is in an area, these crimes will still be committed by those willing to risk it all. There is a big different between a violent crime and a nonviolent crime. In today's post, we will discuss the various violent crimes that are recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

One thing to remember here is that not all violent crimes actually need to have violence involved in them. A violent crime can still be considered violent even if there is simply the threat of violence involved in the commission of the crime. One such crime is assault. This crime usually involves the threat of violence or force. Someone accused of assault does not need to actually hurt the victim in order to be convicted of the crime.

Rape and sexual assault fall under a broader category of violent crime. They are considered violent sex crimes. Any sex crimes committed against a minor is charged as a felony.

Robbery is also labeled as a violent crime because the victim is typically presented with some form of a weapon. The suspect will usually use a gun, knife or other dangerous item to put fear into the victim so he or she gives up his or her belongings.

Carjacking can also be considered as a violent crime. Most carjackings involve the use of a weapon, which would make the crime a violent one.

The most serious type of violent crime is that of homicide. This is when the suspect injures a victim so severely that he or she dies from those injuries. The charges in this category include murder and manslaughter.

When you realize the difference between a nonviolent crime and a violent crime, you will see how serious violent crimes actually are in Massachusetts. Be sure you know your rights and how to protect them in Franklin.

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