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    Here are the descriptions of the current charges, and a few examples of each. Please note that the examples given are merely a guideline, and not the only crimes that fall under each category. (ooc note: This does not encompass the full list of things that are actually illegal, simply the current charges that are in the @crime system. If you want to file a crime that doesn't fit into the list of these charges, or are confused about a charge, feel free to ICly ask a constable or file an @assist for clarification!)

    * Assault - Intentionally and voluntarily causing immediate harmful or offensive contact. Severity of the charge is determined both by the severity of the assault, and the identity of the person assaulted.(Assaulting a noble is a greater charge than assaulting a commoner).
    Examples: Attacking someone with a weapon in an area outside of the designated sparring arenas, pulling a weapon on a noble (even without contact), inappropriately grabbing or groping a woman who has expressed a desire not to be touched, hitting someone with your fists in an area outside of the designated sparring arenas, etc.

    * Assisting a Criminal - Assisting a Criminal is acting with foresight and intent to aid any person in carrying out a crime or escape justice. Severity of the charge is determined by the severity of the crime assisted and the type of assistance rendered. (Helping to hide the body of a murder victim is worse than harboring a pickpocket).
    Examples: Harboring fugitives, supplying weapons or medical supplies/food, or actively obstructing a constable (physically) or an investigation, etc.

    * Disrespecting Constabulary - Any remark or action that insults or undermines the authority of the Constabulary or any on-duty member shall constitute Disrespecting Constabulary. (Severity of the crime is determined by the severity of disrespect. (Calling an on-duty Constable an idiot is a lesser charge than speaking out against the Constabulary as a whole).
    Examples: Calling a Constable names, speaking out against the Constabulary to an on-duty Constable, Maligning the Constabulary as a whole, spitting on a Constable, etc.

    * Disrespecting Nobles - Any remark or action that shows an overt lack of respect to a Noble's rank and title. Drawing weapons against a Noble is a greater offense and shall be counted as Assault. Severity of the crime is determined by the severity of the disrespect. (Failing to show deference is a lesser charge than spitting on a noble).
    Examples: Calling a noble names, Refusing to show proper deference to a noble within Newtown, spitting on a noble, harassing or heckling a noble, etc.

    * Disturbing the peace - Any lewd or inflammatory act committed in a public place to either incite peaceful citizenry, to display blatant disregard for public decency, or unsettle public order. Severity of the charges is determined by the severity of the disturbance. (Being loud and disruptive is a lesser charge than inciting people to fight).
    Examples: Screaming at people, walking around nude, improprietous public displays of affection, egging on a fight, shouting "fire" in a public area, failing to cease a disruptive action when bid to desist, etc.

    * Illegal detainment - Illegal detainment is arresting suspects or criminals and detaining them without a legal warrant of arrest issued by a magistrate. Severity is determined by the severity of the error. (A constable trying to arrest a commoner without a proper warrant is less severe than a constable trying to arrest a ranked person without a warrant).
    Examples: A citizen who has not taking oaths to the Constabulary trying to arrest a criminal, a constable dragging a person to prison without a proper warrant, a constable trying to arrest someone without gathering the proper testimony, etc.

    * Kidnapping - Kidnapping is the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause them to be detained against their will. Further charges of assault may be applied to cases where the kidnapping was violent. Severity is determined both by the nature of the kidnapping, and the person kidnapped. (Kidnapping someone by violence is worse than coercing them to follow, and kidnapping a noble or a child is a greater charge than kidnapping a commoner).
    Examples: Tying someone up and leaving them in a private inn room, using force to take a person with you from one area to another, luring a child away with candy with the intent to trap or detain, threatening someone with harm if they do not come with you, etc.

    * Murder - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one person by another. In incidents that lead to a death as a result of self-defense or defense of another, a charge of murder can be applied. Cases of hiring a person to commit murder is also considered murder. Severity is determined mostly by the nature of the crime, and the identity of the victim. (Defending someone from an attacker resulting in the death of the attacker is a lesser crime than the violent, premeditated murder of a person. Similarly, murdering a commoner is a lesser charge than murdering a noble).
    Examples: Stabbing someone to death, beating someone to death, defending yourself from an attack which leads to another person's death, hiring an assassin to kill someone, protecting a third individual leading to someone's death, inappropriate medical practices that lead to a person's death, etc. (ooc: Only deaths committed by the "kill" command are considered "willful" deaths, or giving payment to a person to use the "kill" command. IE, the person who uses the "kill" command on another person is the one legally responsible for their death, even if a third person gave all the injuries).

    * Property damage - Damage or destruction done to public or private property, caused by a person who is not its owner. Severity is determined by the value of the property damaged, and the identity of the victim. (Beating a slave is a lesser charge than killing a slave, destroying someone's hat is a lesser charge than destroying a valuable piece of jewelry. Similarly, damage to a commoner's property is less severe than damaging a noble's property).
    Examples: Breaking someone's property, urinating on someone's property, dying or defacing someone's property, beating or killing someone's slave, burning someone's property, etc.

    *Resisting arrest - Any attempt to evade or assault a Constable performing a dutiful arrest. Severity of the charge is determined by the scope of resistance. (Running away is a lesser charge than beating a Constable to prevent him/her from arresting you).
    Examples: Refusing to be escorted to jail when a warrant is issued, beating up a Constable trying to make an arrest, running away from a Constable trying to make an arrest, etc.

    * Theft - The taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. If goods are returned, the severity of the charge may be reduced. The charge of theft should also be used in cases of purse-snatching. In cases of robbery where force is used, an additional charge of assault may be included. Severity is determined by the value of the property taken as well as the identity of the victim. Refer to Property Damage.
    Examples: Pickpocketing, plucking items from the dead, refusing to return House property after leaving a House, etc.

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    * Treason - Plotting or taking action against the Don while a citizen or guest in his city. In incidents involving minor treason, the offender may be subjected to slavery. In serious cases of treason, the offender shall be executed. Severity is determined at the Don's will.

    * Acting against the Church - Any remark or action that insults or undermines the authority of the Church of S'allumer. Severity is determined by the action taken. (Insulting a church member is a lesser charge than actively working against the Church).
    Examples: Disrespect to a Church member, insulting the church, claiming to take action against the church, etc.

    * Apostasy - Leaving a religion after making it a profession and swearing solemn vows. This does not apply to someone who moves from one order to another, or retires legitimately. Severity is determined by the Church.
    Examples: A priest abandoning his/her vows without express permission from the Church, etc.

    * Heresy - The worship or preaching of a forbidden heresy. This specifically means the 'Old Faith' of Lutara, explicitly denying the tenants of S'allumer, and practicing black magic. Severity and punishment is determined by both the Constabulary and the Church together. This will vary case by case.
    Examples: Lingering in forbidden groves, participating in forbidden rituals, dealing in death magic, compromising one's soul, etc.
    Last edited by Bree; 06-18-2011, 07:23 AM.

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      Updated laws

      *Assault
      - Intentionally and voluntarily causing immediate harmful or offensive contact.

      Example:
      minor- brawling without serious injury, pulling a weapon on a noble even without contact, defense of someone else where injury is sustained.
      default-brawling outside the arenas where injury is sustained, or unwanted touching of someone else.
      major-attacking someone with a weapon outside of the arenas where blood is drawn, maiming, attempted murder.


      * Assisting a Criminal
      - Assisting a Criminal is acting with foresight and intent to aid any person in carrying out a crime or escape justice.

      Example:
      minor- falsifying testimony (if you say you where there and saw it all on your testimony and someone says you were not there would be acceptable), giving weapons or armor to someone who is banned from them.
      default- harboring fugitives, actively or physically obstructing a constable or investigation,
      major-planning a crime, providing the means to commit a crime, bribing a constable, hiring an assassin.

      * Disrespecting Constabulary
      - Any remark or action that insults or undermines the authority of the Constabulary or any on-duty member shall constitute Disrespecting Constabulary.

      Example:
      minor- calling an on-duty constable names, (this must be in relation to the constabulary. Calling a constable an idiot to something not related to constabulary is a personal argument and is not a crime. If it is not specific why you are calling a constable an idiot your insult can be interrupted by the constable as disrespect.)
      default- spitting on a constable
      major- speaking out against the constabulary as a whole.

      * Disrespecting Higher Stations
      - Any remark or action that shows an overt lack of respect to one's rank and title. This only applies to gentry and above. Drawing weapons against a Noble is a greater offense and shall be counted as Assault.

      Example:
      minor- failing to show deference in Newtown, calling ranked person names
      default- spitting on or towards
      major- harassing or heckling

      * Disturbing the peace
      - Any lewd or inflammatory act committed in a public place to either incite peaceful citizenry, to display blatant disregard for public decency, or unsettle public order.

      Examples:
      minor- egging on fights, screaming at people, walking around nude
      default- improprietous public displays of affection, failing to cease a disruptive action when asked to stop.
      major- calling fire in a public area, inciting a riot.

      * Illegal detainment
      - Illegal detainment is arresting suspects or criminals and detaining them without a legal warrant of arrest issued by a magistrate or by disallowed 24 detainment.

      Examples:
      minor- constable arresting a criminal without a warrant.
      default- militia acting without a warrant.
      major- someone who hasn't taken an oath to the constabulary or militia arresting a criminal.

      *24 Hour Detainment
      -If a constable witnesses a crime they may stop the crime and detain the suspect for 24 hours. This may only be done once per crime and only with probably cause. If a constable does this more than once per crime or without probably cause they may be charged with illegal detainment.

      * Kidnapping
      - Kidnapping is the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause them to be detained against their will. Further charges of assault may be applied to cases where the kidnapping was violent.

      Example:
      minor- coercing someone to follow you, threatening someone harm if they do not come with you.
      default-tying someone up and leaving them in a private room, luring a child away with candy or toy with intent to trap.
      major- using force or violence to take one person away.

      * Murder
      - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one person by another. In incidents that lead to a death as a result of self-defense or defense of another, a charge of murder can be applied.
      (ooc: Only deaths committed by the "kill" command are considered "willful" deaths IE, the person who uses the "kill" command on another person is the one legally responsible for their death, even if a third person gave all the injuries).

      Example:
      minor-defending someone including protecting yourself from an attack where the result is death ( However, if there are witnesses that they were defending someone from attack rather than trying to willfully kill, that counts as evidence of innocence.),
      default- beating someone to death,inappropriate medical practices that lead to a person's death.
      major- stabbing someone to death, riots that result in death.

      * Property damage
      - Damage or destruction done to public or private property, caused by a person who is not its owner. (in cases of slaves and serfs, the slave is an extension of their owner and may not be charged with any crime. Their owners take full and total responsibility of their actions and are thus liable for all and any crime committed by their slave/serf)

      Example:
      minor-beating someone else's slave, urinating on someone's private property or public property
      default- dying or defacing someone's private property or public property,
      major-killing someone else's slave, burning someone else's property or public property.

      *Resisting a Constable
      - Any attempt to evade or assault a Constable performing a dutiful arrest or ignoring an official summons.

      Examples:
      minor- running away from a constable, refusing to be escorted
      default-ignoring a summons either as a wittness or as a criminal. (only applies if it's ig. Being away from game lengthily while having a summons does not count against you)
      major- beating or fighting a constable who is trying to arrest you.

      * Theft
      - The taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. If goods are returned, the severity of the charge may be reduced. In cases of robbery where force is used or damage to the stolen property, additional charges may be included.

      Example:
      minor- refusing to return house/guild property after leaving.
      default-pickpocketing
      major-plucking items from the dead

      *Debt
      -refusing to pay a bill means you are in debt. This applies to any services rendered that go unpaid. If you are charged with this crime you do not have to pay your bill because your punishment will serve as payment rendered.

      *Treason
      - Plotting or taking action against the Don while a citizen or guest in his city.

      * Acting against the Church
      - Any remark or action that insults or undermines the authority of the Church of S'allumer.

      Examples:
      Minor- Disrespect to a Church member
      Default- insulting the church
      Major-claiming to or take action against the church

      * Apostasy
      - Leaving a religion after making it a profession and swearing solemn vows. This does not apply to someone who moves from one order to another, or retires legitimately.

      Examples:
      minor- A church leader leaving before their term is expired.
      default- A priest abandoning his/her vows without express permission from the Church.
      major- A member leaving the church for another religion.

      * Heresy
      - The worship or preaching of a forbidden heresy. This specifically means the 'Old Faith' of Lutara, explicitly denying the tenants of S'allumer, and practicing black magic.

      Examples:
      minor- Lingering in forbidden groves, wearing symbols of other faith
      default- participating in forbidden rituals, dealing in death magic
      major-compromising one's soul

      *Possession of forbidden items or substance
      -possession or consumption of any substance or item deemed illegal by the guild council. The selling/buying of any such item fulls under this crime.

      Example:
      minor- having someone buy illegal substance/item for you
      default- possession or consumption of illegal substance/item
      major-selling/buying illegal substance/item

      *Trespassing
      -entering any private or restricted areas without permission.

      Example:
      minor- entering private inn rooms because the door was open. (this is generally ooc based but if you enter a room that is not yours and you mess with anything this applies to you)
      default- going into the church while excommunicated.
      major- entering the manors while blacklisted.

      *Littering
      -This is the act of dropping unwanted items on the ground instead of in the trash can and walking away.

      Example:
      minor-throwing trash in parks in newtown
      default- dropping fishing junk on the docks
      major- intentionally spreading filth

      *Public Prostitution
      -The act or advertising of prostitution in public areas fulls under this law. (ooc this means that the cathouse and private rooms are fine for such rp)

      Example:
      minor- asking people to be prostitute in public places.
      default- advertising in public or on the forums
      major- public lewdness

      ~*Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live.
      ~*Kill them with kindness.
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