VI. Offense Definitions

The definitions for murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, weapon law violations, drug abuse violations and liquor law violations are taken from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Handbook. The definitions of fondling, incest, and statutory rape are taken from the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System Data Collection Guidelines edition of the UCR. The definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are taken from the Clery Act regulations.

  1. Criminal Homicide, Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter — The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  2. Criminal Homicide, Manslaughter by Negligence — The killing of another person through gross negligence.
  3. Sex Offenses – Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Rape is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. This definition includes any gender of victim or perpetrator.
    • Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
    • Incest is sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
  4. Robbery — The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  5. Aggravated Assault — An unlawful attack by one person upon another for inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)
  6. Burglary — The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes, this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony, breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny, housebreaking, safecracking and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
  7. Arson — Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  8. Motor Vehicle Theft — The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joyriding.)
  9. Liquor Law Violations — The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor, maintaining unlawful drinking places, bootlegging, operating a still, furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person, using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor, drinking on a train or public conveyance and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and Driving under the Influence are not included in this definition.)
  10. Drug Abuse Violations — Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroine, codeine), cannabis, synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone) and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  11. Weapon Law Violations — The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons, carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors, aliens possessing deadly weapons and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
  12. Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking
    • Dating Violence—Reference to a violent act; Committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and the existence of the relationship shall be determined based on reporting party’s statement with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of the relationship, and the frequency of the relationship between the persons involved in the relationship.
    • Domestic Violence—Reference to a violent crime; committed by current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; person sharing a child with the victim; or person cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
    • Stalking —Engaging in a course of conduct (two or more acts by which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates about a person or interferes with his or her property); directed at a specific person; and causes a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or causes that person to suffer substantial emotional damage.