Property And Personal Offenses

In criminal law there is a difference between what is classified as property offenses and personal offenses. There are some things that you might think were property offenses when they are actually personal. Keep reading to learn more about each one.

Personal offenses

Personal offenses are crimes that a person has committed to another persons body. This would be assault, battery, rape and sexual abuse.

Assault can be many different things. It could be someone making a threat to do bodily harm against another. If you kidnap a person, use a deadly weapon to cause another bodily harm or have sexual activity with a child under 14 these are all classified as assault. Depending upon the actual assault charge would have a lot to do with what the outcome of the case would be.

Battery is committed by force to another person. Simple battery is when a person inflicts injury to another person. Sexual battery is penetration of another without their consent. Family violence battery is when there is domestic violence committed to a partner in a relationship. Lastly is aggravated battery which means there was a crime committed to another person and they lost a limb from their body or are disfigured permanently for the rest of their life.

Rape is sexual intercourse by force without the other persons consent. It can be related to sexual assault, but is considered different in most jurisdictions.

Sexual abuse is when a person forces undesired sexual behavior upon another person. It can be molestation of a child under the age of consent.

Property offenses

Property offenses are crimes committed against another persons property. This would be criminal damage, theft, robbery, burglary and fraud.

Theft is when a person takes another persons property without their consent.

Robbery is also considered taking another persons property without their consent, but now there was violence or intimidation involved. It usually is committed with a deadly weapon and puts fear in another person.

Burglary is when a person unlawfully breaks into anothers property and commits an offense.

Fraud is the act of deception made to a person so the other person will make a gain in their life. The most common type of fraud is taking money from a person. This is usually done by mail, wire, phone and the internet.


It does not matter if the charges were for a personal or property crime it is all considered a crime that was committed. Depending upon the charges a person gets will depend upon what the sentencing could be for a person.

One thing is for sure, the person will now have criminal records that will follow them around the rest of their lives. These records are public and anyone will be able to see them by conducting a simple search of criminal records. Every crime a person has committed no matter how small or how big will be listed on the criminal record. It will even show what the person was charged with and if they did any jail time.