What characteristics differentiate a criminal offense from a civil wrong?


What characteristics differentiate a criminal offense from a civil wrong? In other words, suppose state “X” is considering adopting a law making conduct “Y” a crime. What abstract characteristics should this conduct have to justify the criminalization of the behavior?

After watching the videos on social host laws, what is your opinion of laws that penalize individuals who allow minors to drink on their property? Should these “parents” face criminal punishment? Why or Why not? 50-100 words

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