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Legal Statutes: Kansas

UPDATED September 26, 2017

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Article 51. Preliminary

back to top21-5102. Crimes defined; classes of crimes

A crime is an act or omission defined by law and for which, upon conviction, a sentence of death, imprisonment or fine, or both imprisonment and fine, is authorized or, in the case of a traffic infraction or a cigarette or tobacco infraction, a fine is authorized. Crimes are classified as felonies, misdemeanors, traffic infractions and cigarette or tobacco infractions.

(a) A felony is a crime punishable by death or by imprisonment in any state correctional institution or a crime which is defined as a felony by law.

(b) A traffic infraction is a violation of any of the statutory provisions listed in subsection (c) of K.S.A. 8-2118, and amendments thereto.

(c) A cigarette or tobacco infraction is a violation of K.S.A. 21-6109 through 21-6114, 21-6116 and subsection (m) or (n) of K.S.A. 79-3321, and amendments thereto.

(d) All other crimes are misdemeanors.
Laws 2010, ch. 136, § 2, eff. July 1, 2011; Laws 2011, ch. 30, § 5, eff. July 1, 2011.