Library:Criminal Code

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CHAPTER 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. SPIRIT OF JUSTICE

The descriptions provided are guidelines and examples of how crimes may be committed, but are not designed to be exhaustive definitions covering every potentiality. As such, the intent of the accused is the focus of the trial, not the exact wording or loopholes.

1.2. PURPOSE

  1. To proscribe conduct that unjustifiably and inexcusably causes or threatens substantial harm to individual or public interests
  2. To give fair warning of the nature of the conduct proscribed and of the sentences authorized upon conviction;
  3. To define the act or omission and the accompanying mental state which constitute each offense and limit the condemnation of conduct as criminal when it does not fall within the purposes set forth;
  4. To differentiate on reasonable grounds between serious and minor offenses and to prescribe proportionate penalties for each;
  5. To ensure the public safety by preventing the commission of offenses through the deterrent influence of the sentences authorized;
  6. To impose just and deserved punishment on those whose conduct threatens the public peace;
  7. To promote truth and accountability in sentencing.

1.3. CLASS OF CRIMES

Offenses categorized as Class I through III are serious crimes or felonies and may include jail time. Class IV offenses are misdemeanours. Class V offenses are infractions.

1.4. SENTENCING GUIDELINES

  1. 2 years to Life imprisonment
  2. A term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years but not less than 6 months.
  3. A term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year.
  4. Fine of 2 - 10 times the base fine
  5. Fine of maximum 2 times the base fine.

Additionally, all sentences may include financial restitution.


CHAPTER 2: LEGAL DEFINITIONS

2.1. ATTEMPT

A person commits attempt if he or she intentionally does or omits to do anything which would culminate in commission of an offense.

Crimes that are attempted, amounting to more than mere preparation, but less than actual commission of a crime, may be tried at one class lower than the crime, barring aggravating circumstances which may affect the class at which the crime is tried.

2.2. ACCOMPLICE

Whosoever knowingly helps or assists another to commit a crime shall be guilty as an Accomplice of the crime, the offense shall be equal to the crime committed.

An accomplice to a crime may be tried at the same class as the crime.

2.3. CONSPIRACY

Whosoever conspires to attempt something unlawful shall be guilty of Conspiracy, not less than one class lower than the crime.

2.4 AGGRAVATED USE OF THE FORCE

Whosoever uses the Force to perform any crime shall be tried at one class higher than the crime, unless the crime is already a Class I offense.

2.5. DEFINITIONS

Base fine is equal to one month of salary of a O-1 under the New Republic payscale.

Benefit means anything of value or advantage, present or prospective.

Criminal negligence means that a person fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Intentionally or with the intent to means that a person's objective is to cause that result or to engage in that conduct.

Knowingly means that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. It does not require any knowledge of the unlawfulness of the act or omission.

Not less than a class XX offence means the crime is to be tried at that class or at a more severe class. This definition is true whatever the class mentioned.

Not more than a class XX offence means the crime is to be tried at that class or at a less severe class. This definition is true whatever the class mentioned.

Recklessly means that a person is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard of such risk constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Physical injury means the impairment of physical condition.

Possess means knowingly to have physical possession or otherwise to exercise dominion or control over property.

Possession means a voluntary act if the defendant knowingly exercised dominion or control over property.

Preaching means promoting the tenets of an ideology over those of democracy and freedom. This does not include discussing said ideologies or their history.

Premeditation means rationally considering the timing or method of doing so, in order to either increase the likelihood of success, or to evade detection or apprehension.

Property means anything of value, tangible or intangible.

Serious physical injury includes physical injury that creates a reasonable risk of death.

Unlawful means contrary to law.


CHAPTER 3: CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON

3.1. SIMPLE ASSAULT

Whosoever causes physical injury another with a non-lethal weapon or strikes another with the intent of causing physical injury, or threatens someone to cause physical injury shall be guilty of Simple Assault, not less than a Class IV offense. If the crime is committed in self defence, a not guilty verdict may be reached on a plea of self defence.

3.2. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Whosoever harms another with a deadly weapon or the intent of causing serious physical injury, or threatens someone to cause physical injury with a deadly weapon shall be guilty of Aggravated Assault, not less than a Class III offense. If the crime is committed in self defence, a not guilty verdict may be reached on a plea of self defence.

3.3. NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

Whosoever is responsible for another's death through criminal negligence shall be guilty of Negligent Homicide, not less than a Class III offense.

3.4. MURDER, NON-PREMEDITATED

Whosoever causes the death of another without previous plans or conspiracy to do so shall be guilty of Murder, Non-Premeditated, not less than a Class II offense. If the crime is committed in self defence, a not guilty verdict may be reached on a plea of self defence.

3.5. MURDER, PREMEDITATED

Whosoever premeditates to cause and causes the death of another shall be guilty of Murder, Premeditated, not less than a Class I offense.

3.6. KIDNAPPING

Whosoever abducts or otherwise imprisons or transports another against their will and without the authority of the New Republic shall be guilty of Kidnapping, not less than a Class II offense.

3.7. ROBBERY

Whosoever takes another sentient's property through force or the threat of force shall be guilty of Robbery, not less than a Class II offense.

3.8. BLACKMAIL/EXTORTION

Whosoever threatens, cajoles, or otherwise makes demands of money or improper actions backed by a threat, violent, financial, or otherwise, shall be guilty of Blackmail/Extortion, not less than a Class III offense.

3.9. SLAVERY

As no sentient being is the property of another, whosoever intentionally binds or holds a sentient to servitude, or engages in the trafficking of sentient beings shall be guilty of Slavery, not less than a Class II offense.


CHAPTER 4: CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY

4.1. BREAKING AND ENTERING

Whosoever enters an entity without authorization shall be guilty of Breaking and Entering, not less than a Class V offense.

4.2. BURGLARY

Whosoever enters an entity without authorization, and with the intention to remove possessions without the consent of the owner, shall be guilty of Burglary, not less than a Class IV offense.

4.3. DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

Whosoever with malicious intent destroys or damages property belonging to another or the New Republic shall be guilty of Destruction of Property, not less than a Class III offense.

4.4. GRAND THEFT

Whosoever controls property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property valued at two times the base fine or more shall be guilty of Grand Theft, not less than a Class III offense. If the property is illegal under New Republic law, the New Republic may seize property as it sees fit.

4.5. PETTY THEFT

Whosoever controls property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property valued at less than two times the base fine shall be guilty of Petty Theft, not less than a Class IV offense. If the property is illegal under New Republic law, the New Republic may seize property as it sees fit.

4.6. POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Whosoever knowingly possesses property stolen from the New Republic, its companies, its allies, or non-enemy sentients shall be guilty of Possession of Stolen Property, not less than a Class IV offense.

4.7. TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN PROPERTY

Whosoever knowingly buys or sells property stolen from the New Republic, its companies, its allies, or non-enemy sentients shall be guilty of Trafficking in Stolen Property, not less than a Class III offense.

4.8. FRAUD

Whosoever engages in deception for the purpose of financial profit or other benefit shall be guilty of Fraud, not less than a Class III offense.


CHAPTER 5: CRIMES AGAINST THE NEW REPUBLIC

5.1. FAILURE TO FOLLOW NEW REPUBLIC REGULATIONS

Whosoever fails to follow all applicable New Republic laws and regulations shall be guilty of Failure to Follow New Republic Regulations, not less than a Class V offense.

5.2. PERJURY

Whosoever knowingly makes false statements in any official New Republic body, including the Advisory Council, Senate or court, shall be guilty of Perjury, not less than a Class III offense.

5.3. FORGERY OR FALSE STATEMENT

Whosoever falsifies, alters or steals official New Republic or other critical documents, including those filed in court, or knowingly makes a false statement in a statement or report to any lawful authority of the New Republic shall be guilty of Forgery or False Statement, not less than a Class IV offense.

5.4. TREASON

Whosoever commits, or aids in the commission of any act intended to overthrow, undermine or destroy the constitutional form of the Government of the New Republic, or the government of one of her allies, shall be guilty of Treason, not less than a Class I offense.

5.5. OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Whosoever interferes with any New Republic investigation by withholding information, refusing to submit evidence or otherwise knowingly delaying an investigation shall be guilty of Obstruction of Justice, not less than a Class III offense.

5.6. BRIBERY

Whosoever encourages through financial means or other benefit a New Republic official to act in one's favor shall be guilty of Bribery, not less than a Class III offense.

5.7. HINDERING PROSECUTION

Whosoever renders assistance to another, with the intent to hinder the apprehension, legal proceedings or punishment of that person for any crime, shall be guilty of Hindering Prosecution, not less than a Class IV offense. An individual may defend themselves or another individual during official legal proceedings and not break this law.

5.8. ESCAPE

Whosoever knowingly escapes from lawful custody shall be guilty of Escape, not less than a Class IV offense.

5.9. CONTEMPT OF COURT

Whosoever disobeys or is disrespectful to the court's authority while in trial shall be guilty of Contempt of Court, not less than a Class IV offense.

5.10. ESPIONAGE

Whosoever obtains or releases information that is considered secret or confidential without the permission of the originator of the information, shall be guilty of Espionage, not less than a Class II offense.

5.11. MEMBERSHIP OF SUBVERSIVE ORGANIZATION

Whosoever is a member of any organization which engages in or in which its purpose is carrying out, advocating, abetting, advising or teaching activities intended to overthrow or destroy the constitutional form of the Government of the New Republic, or the government of one of her allies, shall be guilty of being a Member of Subversive Organization, not less than a Class II offense.

5.12. REFUSAL TO EXECUTE CRIMINAL PROCESS

Security officers or NRI agents who willfully refuses to execute any lawful process that requires him or her to apprehend and confine any person convicted or charged with an offense, or willfully delays executing such process, shall be guilty of Refusal to Execute Criminal Process, not less than a Class IV offense.

5.13. PUBLISHING NAME OF AN NRI AGENT

Whosoever intentionally publishes the name of any individual while designating them a member of NRI, excluding public NRI members, and without authorization of the agency which employs the officer, shall be guilty of Publishing Name of an NRI Agent, not less than a Class III offense.

5.14. RELEASING CONFIDENTIAL JUDICIAL INFORMATION

A public servant who discloses active criminal investigative or intelligence information or discloses or uses information regarding either the efforts to secure or the issuance of a warrant or other court process or court order relating to a criminal investigation or criminal prosecution without express permission from the Director or Deputy Director of NRI, when such information is not available to the general public and is gained by reason of the public servant's official position, shall be guilty of Releasing Confidential Judicial Information, not less than a Class III offense.

5.15. OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT

A public servant who uses their position to influence another to commit an unlawful act shall be guilty of Official Misconduct, not less than a Class III offense.

5.16. CORRUPTION

Whosoever requests, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any pecuniary or other benefit not authorized by law for the past, present or future performance or nonperformance of a public duty, shall be guilty of Corruption, not less than a Class II offense.

5.17. REPEAT OFFENDER

Whosoever is convicted of a crime more than twice will then also be guilty of Repeat Offender, no less than a Class IV offense and any punishment for such shall be added to the penalty of the repeated offense.

5.18. PREACHING THE DARK SIDE OF THE FORCE

Any New Republic citizen who preaches the Dark Side of the Force as an ideology to any being shall be guilty of Preaching the Dark Side of the Force, no less than a Class II offense.

5.19. VIOLATION OF THE GALACTIC NEWS SERVICE ACT

Whosoever makes a publication on the Galactic News Service through the New Republic, its nationalized subsidiaries or through private affiliates on behalf of the New Republic without the consent of the High Ambassador and Director of NRI shall be guilty of Violation of the Galactic News Service Act, no less than a Class IV offense.

5.20. VIOLATION OF THE RESTRICTED SALES ACT

Whosoever organizes a transaction that is completed and forbidden by the Restricted Sales Act, but not approved by the New Republic Senate shall be guilty of Violation of the Restricted Sales Act, a maximum of a Class IV offense if the transaction is with a neutral or friendly faction and a maximum of a Class II offense if the transaction is with an enemy faction or criminal organization.

5.21. VIOLATION OF THE TRADE STOP LAW

Whosoever has commercial dealings on behalf of an official New Republic entity with a group or individual that has been embargoed through the Trade Stop Law without prior permission from the Chief of State, Minister of State, Minister of Trade and Industry, the Director of the New Republic Intelligence Service or High Ambassador shall be guilty of Violation of the Trade Stop Law, no less than a Class IV offense.

5.22. CIRCUMVENTING THE TRADE STOP

Any New Republic citizen who makes a purchase from an official New Republic entity on behalf of an individual or group that has been embargoed through the Trade Stop Law shall be guilty of Circumventing the Trade Stop, no less than a Class IV offense.

5.23. VIOLATION OF THE GOVERNORS AND PLANETARY DEVELOPMENT ACT

Any New Republic citizen who leaves the New Republic and does not sell any stations owned in New Republic space to the New Republic, one of its nationalized factions or, with appropriate permission, New Republic citizens or any New Republic citizen who sells a station in New Republic space but not to the New Republic, one of its nationalized factions or, with appropriate permission, New Republic citizens shall be guilty of Violation of the Governors and Planetary Development Act. This is a maximum of a Class III offense if a station is sold to a friendly or neutral faction or member of a friendly or neutral faction and a maximum of a Class I offense if a station is sold to an enemy faction or criminal organization or member of an enemy faction or criminal organization.


Note: Updated 13 Apr 2019