Criminal law refers to the branch of the United States legal system that protects the health and safety of individuals in society. The statutes of criminal law dictate the appropriate behavior of citizens and the consequences that a judge may impose if an individual violates these rules. Punishment for committing a crime generally results in a fine, a jail sentence, or both.

This video describes the differences between three types of criminal law: felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. It also explains how the courts consider the nature and severity of crimes when they are imposing criminal sanctions. Watch to learn how the constitution guarantees you access to a fair and speedy trial when you are accused of a criminal act.

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