Criminology : Victimless Crime

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Criminology

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Victimless Crime

Which of the following is considered to be a victimless crime?

Possible Answers:

Drug sales

Panhandling 

Burglary 

Embezzlement 

Public drunkenness 

Correct answer:

Drug sales

Explanation:

Victimless crimes include crimes or offenses that involve a private exchange of illegal goods or services. Participants may not feel as though they are being harmed; however, victimless crimes are prosecuted on the ground that society—as a whole—is being injured. The only choice that represents a victimless crime is "drug sales." "Burglary" and "embezzlement" are property crimes, while "panhandling" and "public drunkenness" are public order crimes. 

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