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Third Degree

A colloquial term used to describe unlawful methods of coercing an individual to confess to a criminal offense by overcoming his or her free will through the use of psychological or physical violence.

The least serious grade of a specific crime—the grades being classified by the law according to the circumstances under which the crime is committed—for which the least punishment specified by statute will be imposed.

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Third-degree felonies became an issue when then 11th Circuit PD Bennett Brummer took his slashed budget and crushing caseload to court as a constitutional crisis, asking to refuse all new noncapital felony cases.
Women who had a fourth-degree tear had a longer second stage of labor than did those with a third-degree tear (133 minutes vs.
In early May, Rudy Volcy, 18, of New York City, originally charged with third-degree rape, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct.
After third-degree burns, you do get scabbing--with hard tough tissue called eschar, which looks like tree bark.
Skin-grafting procedures are the treatment of choice for the management of deep second and third-degree burns.
Roda pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, online sexual corruption of a child and third-degree sodomy in connection with the abuse of the girl he had met on Facebook.
Dorney sentenced Ronald Waltersdorff, owner of Ronald Waltersdorff Electric, York, to serve five years probation, pay costs of prosecution, perform 50 hours of community service and pay restitution in the amount of $13,633 to an injured employee after Waltersdorff pleaded guilty to a third-degree misdemeanor for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance.
Leonard Mitchell, also of New York City, was indicted on misdemeanor third-degree sexual abuse.
The greatest risk factors for third-degree perineal tears during vaginal delivery are midline episiotomy forceps delivery and oxytocin use, said Dr.
Miles' death has been blamed on second- and third-degree burns on her feet, legs, arms, and neck suffered May 18, possibly as the result of sun exposure.
Prior to the creation of the task force, automobile thieves usually were charged with one of two crimes: Theft of vehicle or burglary of vehicle, both third-degree felonies.
If convicted of child enticement and third-degree sexual assault, Chmura faces up to 30 years in prison.