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Criminal Law Basics

A criminal case arises when either the federal or state government seeks to punish an individual for an act that is a crime. Whereas a civil case typically deals with a dispute over rights and duties that individuals and entities owe to one another.

Criminal Violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

An individual who violates the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) may be charged in either a criminal or civil forum. OSHA was enacted to protect workers from unsafe conditions in the workplace.


A person commits the offense of murder when he or she intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual or when he or she intends to cause serious bodily injury to an individual and commits an act that causes the death of the individual.


Parole is the early release of a prisoner from incarceration. Parole is discretionary and is usually subject to certain conditions. Parole is not a commutation or a change in a prisoner's sentence. It is also not an act of clemency.

Resisting Arrest

A person commits the offense of resisting arrest when he or she intentionally prevents or obstructs a peace officer from affecting an arrest, a search, or a transportation of him or her or another person by using force against the peace officer.