Benny Smith has a long record, which includes a prior burglary, domestic violence, and possession of drug convictions. Complete a criminal history, and it needs to be in chronological order.

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In order to complete a criminal history report in chronological order, you would need specific dates for convictions. This will help you in determining the exact order of Benny Smith's crimes on his criminal history report. Since you do not specify which state the hypothetical Benny is in, I will include two examples of a typical criminal history report below.

Criminal history records always classify crimes into either felonies or misdemeanors. Each state may also have different classifications for felonies. Some states use a number system and other states use an alphabet system. Here are felony classifications by state.

Class A and Class 1 felonies are the most serious and may carry death penalties or life sentences.

Here are the most common misdemeanors, listed in order. With some crimes, what might be classified a misdemeanor in one state could be classified as a felony in another state.

In your question, you state that Benny has a prior burglary conviction. Each state assigns a dollar value boundary between misdemeanor and felony. Let's say that your state assigns a $1000 value. If Benny's past burglaries amount to more than the assigned value, he has committed a felony. If less, a misdemeanor.

With drug possession and domestic violence also in his criminal history, Benny is looking at charges for misdemeanors in relation to the two.

For further help, please refer to the two links below, detailing sample criminal history reports.