Chicago PD: Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will. Ever wonder how police will determine what a motive is? In this blog post we’ll explore the four elements of intent that are used to help categorize crimes and determine an offender’s potential sentence.  Favor: the subject committed an offense for a friend, family member or loved one. It is also common in crimes of passion and jealousy.  Affection: subjects commit crime because they feel strongly towards person(s) involved in that crime who do not return their strong feelings. Commonly referred to as “love” or “possessive love.” Example would be stealing from a company you work at out of spite with intent to hurt employer’s ability to function properly due to lack of necessary goods/services (assuming said employee was fired). Note that this motive often applies when the victim does not know about the offender’s motives until after being victimized by them.  Malice: The offender chooses his target


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