Crime against Persons Law & Legal Definition


Crime against persons is an offense that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that the offender will intentionally employ physical force against another person. In In re Postsentence Review of Leach, 161 Wn.2d 180 (Wash. 2007),it was held that the term crimes against the person construed in accordance with its accepted common law meaning to include only those offenses that, by their nature, are likely to involve the intentional use or threat of physical force against another person. It is the legislature's purview to decide what one can and cannot be punished for, and for the court to do so would usurp its authority. Examples include murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.