Selected Offenses Against the Person and VICAR

Selected Offenses Against the Person and VICAR

(September 2021) This primer provides a general overview of the statutes, guidelines, and case law applicable to selected crimes against the person (murder, assault, and kidnapping) and Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) offenses. Given the similarity in conduct that often underlies these offenses, the associated guidelines share similar specific offense characteristics, and applicable case law may be relevant across guidelines. Although the primer identifies some of the key cases and concepts, it is not a comprehensive compilation of authority nor intended to be a substitute for independent research and analysis of primary sources.