Criminal Law 181 Week 2 Notes
Criminal Law 181 Week 2 Notes CRJ181-040
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This page Class Notes was uploaded by Alyssa Husko on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CRJ181-040 at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania taught by Arthur Garrison in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 31 views. For similar materials see Criminal Law in Criminal Justice at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
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Criminal Law Week 2 Mens Rea Evil intent Non Accidental o lntentional conscious to engage in conduct for a result 0 Knowingly aware of conduct Accidental o Reckless you know of the risk and you do not care 0 Negligent you should have known of the risk Lesser Included Offense o If you can prove recklessness then you have already proven negligence if you prove intentional you have proven knowingly Strict Liabilitv o No Mens Rea required Criminal lntent To do harm 0 General lntent You intended to do something criminal 0 Speci c lntent quotDeliberate willful purposefulquot these are higher level crimes Causation Links harm with Mens Rea and Actus Reus 0 Cause in Fact Is there a link between the action and death 0 Proximate Cause It is lawful to hold you accountable for the chain of events 0 lntervening cause an event that occurs after the initial act and causes injuryharm to a victim If intervening cause is proven there is no case 0 Causation must be direct for you to be found guilty If your action is indirect you are not guilty Foreseeable If your actions are logically foreseeable makes since the crime is still your fault if another factor comes into play 0 Example If you hit someone with your car and they are rushed to the hospital and while in surgery the surgeon accidentally leaves a small piece of sponge in the victim and they die of infection this is foreseeable because doctors can make mistakes lntervening Cause Something that shows up between you and the harm you did 0 Independent breaks causation not foreseeable o lncidental foreseeable does not break causation