This is an introductory course in the study of criminal law, general legal principles, and how the criminal law functions in and affects modern society. This course highlights a variety of key topics, including the concept of crime and the development of criminal law, defenses to criminal charges, and a number of specific types of crimes, including personal crimes, property crimes, public order crimes, and offenses against public morality. Legal issues affecting punishment will also be discussed, as will ways the criminal law impacts victims of crime.
Criminal Law, the Concept of Crime, and Criminal Liability
Discuss the adversarial system and standards of proof in criminal cases.
Explain jurisdiction to create and enforce criminal law.
Explore the sources and purposes of criminal law.
Analyze essential elements of selected criminal offenses.
Define inchoate offenses: Solicitation, conspiracy and attempt.
Define accomplice liability.
Discuss the concept of criminal liability.
Crime Victims and Crime Punishment
Discuss the Eighth Amendment and its relationship to capital punishment.
Analyze forms of sentencing and their rationale.
Define plea bargaining and intermediate sanctions.
Evaluate “Problem Solving Courts” and restorative justice.
Explain victims’ assistance programs.
Understand the concept of “victim”.
Public Order Crimes
Analyze federal and state anti-drug legislation and asset forfeiture.
Discuss prostitution, obscenity and lewdness.
Identify crimes against the administration of government.
Define DWI crimes.
Define crimes against public order.
Personal, Property, and Computer Crimes
Explore computer and high-technology crimes.
Differentiate Robbery, Burglary, and Theft.
Define Kidnapping and False Imprisonment.
Explain the differences between Rape and Statutory Rape.
Distinguish Assault, Battery, and Mayhem.
Define the different types of homicide.
Criminal Responsibility and Defenses
Discuss the differences between legal and medical perspectives on mental illness and insanity.
Explore the concept of criminal capacity.
Distinguish justification from excuse.
Explain the nature of and types of defenses to criminal liability.
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