Violent crimes are defined as those crimes involving force or the threat of force, or those that involve bodily harm to another. It is not a precisely defined category, and authorities differ precisely on what may or may not be a “violent” crime. Some types of offenses can be in more than one category of crime: for example, aggravated sexual battery is both a sex crime and a violent crime.
Basically, a violent crime is one viewed as violent activity against a person or property that intentionally threatens or inflicts, or attempts to inflict, physical harm. Because of the seriousness of such acts and the potential damages that can result, violent crimes are typically prosecuted very aggressively by state and federal prosecutors. In addition, alleged victims of violent crimes often have more involvement in the prosecution of these offenses than with other types of criminal offenses.