Here's a quick check of your knowledge of our legal system even if you already watch "Cops" and "CSI" and are qualified to be an ace detective.

Burglary and robbery are interchangeable terms for getting ripped off. True or false?

False. Burglary RCW 9A.52.025 - A person is guilty of residential burglary if, with intent to commit a crime against another person or property therein, the person enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling other than a vehicle.

Robbery RCW 9A.56.190 - A person commits robbery when he or she unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his/her presence against his/her will by the use or threatened use of immediate force ... the difference basically is you lose things through use of force rather than theft or wrongful taking.

What's the difference between a crime classified as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony?

Classes of crimes, RCW 9A.04.040

1. An offense defined by this title or by any other statute of this state, for which a sentence of imprisonment is authorized, constitutes a crime. Crimes are classified as felonies, gross misdemeanors, or misdemeanors.

2. A crime is a felony if it is so designated in this title or by any other statute of this state or if persons convicted thereof may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term in excess of one year. For sentencing purposes, felonies are designated as Class A, B, or C, with Class A felonies the most serious. A crime is a misdemeanor if it is so designated in this title or by any other statute of this state or if persons convicted thereof may be sentenced to imprisonment for no more than ninety days. Every other crime is a gross misdemeanor.

Could you be arrested if you sold a baggie of alfalfa and told the buyer it was marijuana?

Yes. For violating RCW 69.52.030 Imitation Controlled Substances, and you could be charged with a Class C felony. Potentially a high profit margin, but a really bad idea.

What can be used to determine if an assault actually occurred even if no one was struck?

The fear and apprehension created in the mind of the victim rather than the undisclosed intent in the mind of the perpetrator as in ... "I really wasn't going to hit him with the 2x4, tire iron, etc. I was just trying to scare him." You still may be found guilty of the assault whether you carry it through or not.

Washington state concealed pistol licenses are valid nationwide. True or false?

False. The only states with reciprocity agreements for Washington state concealed pistol licenses are Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah. Good luck on planning your road trip.

What are the four elements defining culpability for criminal activity?

Blame or culpability can be determined by proving intent, knowledge, recklessness, and/or criminal negligence. RCW 9A.08.010. Go to the head of the class if you got this one right.

There's a freshly baked apple pie sitting just inside an open kitchen window at grandma's house. Your hunger gets the best of you, and as you walk by you think, "I'm going to just reach through the open window and snitch the pie. If I get caught, oh well, how much trouble can I get into for just stealing a pie?"

Bad decision. You could be charged with RCW 9A.52.025 Residential Burglary, a Class B felony based on the definition of the word "enter" in the statute, as in "including the entrance of a person, or the insertion of any part of his body..." into grandma's house. I know what you're thinking, but that's covered too, "...or any instrument held in his hand intended to be used ... to detach or remove property." You don't need that many sweets anyway.

You provide a friend with illegal drugs. Your friend overdoses and dies as a result. Can you be charged with a crime? If so, what charge might you face?

Yes, you can be charged with RCW 69.50.415 Controlled Substances Homicide, a Class B felony. Not worth the risk to both of you.

You scored 100 percent on this test and are driving home with your honey. You are so overwhelmed with joy that you take one hand off the steering wheel and give a big hug to your passenger. You are immediately pulled over and cited. What for? That'll teach you to get it all right!

Believe it or not, you could be charged with RCW 46.61.665 Embracing While Driving, which is prima facie evidence of reckless driving. And I bet you're all thinking, "C'mon, man!"

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