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Criminal law, or penal law, is the bodies of rules with the potential for severe impositions as punishment for failure to comply.
Criminal punishment, depending on the offense and jurisdiction, may;include execution, loss of liberty, government supervision (parole or probation), or fines. There are some archetypal crimes, like murder, but the acts that are forbidden are not wholly consistent between different criminal codes, and even within a particular code lines may be blurred as civil infractions may give rise also to criminal consequences.
Criminal law typically is enforced by the government, unlike the civil law, which may be enforced by private parties.