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Are criminal codes the same in each state?

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Criminal codes in the United States vary from state to state. While Pennsylvania has a simple penal code system that grades felonies as 1, 2 and 3, New York state grades crimes as A1, A2, B violent, B nonviolent and so on, as attorney Clyde Middleton states.

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Are criminal codes the same in each state?
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The different criminal codes, however, are classifications of the same types of crimes, including rape, murder, robbery and arson. Therefore, an unlawful act is considered a crime in all the states irrespective of its criminal code system. Some states, however, have a divergent definition of some of the crimes, and this may influence the way they are classified, according to Middleton.

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