Personal Crimes Analysis

Personal Crimes Analysis
Mayra Griffith

Personal Crime Analysis
Violent crimes are commonly known as personal crimes, which are reported often to law enforcement agencies. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (2010) violent crimes are defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force. For my Personal Crime Analysis I want to identify, define, discuss, and differentiate the following personal crimes: assault, battery, mayhem, rape and statutory rape. I will also identify and define the different types of homicides and show how they associate with assault, battery, mayhem, rape, and statutory rape.
Assault And Battery
According to California Law Penal Code Sections 240 (2009) an assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Assault and battery crimes are very similar to one another. According to California Law Penal Code Section 242 (2009) a battery is a willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. Assault is considered to be a specific intent crime because an act of assault can occur if the suspect(s) is intending to commit battery. An example of how assault and battery relate would be if person”A” shouted violent threats to person “B”. If person “A” appears agitated at the time of the verbal threats than person “B” can think he or she is in imminent danger. In this case person “A” has already assaulted person “B” with his or her violent threats. The incident would then progress to a battery if person “A” physically attacked person “B”.    
When a person intentionally inflicts injury to another person that causes disfigurement, removal of body parts or impairs a body function the suspect(s) also can be charged with aggravated assault and Mayhem. According to the California Penal Code Section 203 (2009) “everyone who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a person of a member of his or her body, or disables, disfigures, or...