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Pols 2020: Principles of criminal law

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Pols 2020: Principles of criminal law POLS 2020

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Explains the aspects of crime in depth.
Criminal Law And Evidence
G.W. Jones
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Date Created: 09/18/16
W3 Principles of criminal law Criminal responsibility  Crime: any act or omission that is forbidden by law as a violation of the public interest  Individual V. society  Social harm, not just individual harm  Often tied to morality Punishment  Utilitarian o Must be effective at deterring future crime maintaining social order  Moral/ retributive Types of crimes  Mala in se o Bad in itself  Ex: murder, rape, robbery  Malum Prohibitum o Bad b/c society says it is  Ex: prohibition Classifications of crimes  Felony o Serious o 1year+ of imprisonment death o Prison o Ex: homicide, rape, robbery  Misdemeanor o Less serious o Less than 1yr incarceration o County jail o Ex: disorderly conduct, shoplifting  Charging felony V. Misdemeanor o What does the statue say? o Prior offenses? o Seriousness? o Number of victims?  Summary offences o Minor misconduct o Fines, community service o Ex: traffic violations Elements of crime capability Technically and Ideally a crime has not been committed unless the following elements are present  Harm legality culpability: o Actus Reus o Mens rea Vocab  Harm: physical or verbal o The external consequence required to make an action a crime W3  Legality: the harm must be legally forbidden o There must be a law that prohibits that conduct  Culpability: o Requires: Actus Reus & Mens Rea  Actus Reus o Voluntary criminal act o Must be voluntary:  Robinson V. CA  Cannot make it a crime to be addicted to narcotics  People V. decina  Seizure while driving o Omission- failure to act  May be liable for failure to act in certain circumstances  Must have a legal duty to act  Child neglect, filing tax returns o Omission as actus Reus  Requires a legal duty to act  Mens rea o Mental state of guilty mind o Case usually refers to intentional action or inaction o Intent  Specific: intent to commit an act for the purpose of doing some additional failure act  Ex: common law burglary  General: the intent to commit the action  Ex: trespass o Levels  Intentional: conscious objective to cause result  Knowing: aware that your conduct can harm or that harm exist  Reckless: aware and consciously  Negligent Transferred intent  Person is criminally liable even when the consequence of his or her action was not intended Causation  In order for a crime to be a legal crime, must be a causal relationship b/w the legally forbidden harm and the Actus Reus o Cause in fact/ but- for causation o Proximate cause : legal causation, foresee ability o Intervening cause  Felony Murder o Liable for murder if you cause the death of a person during a felony o Another type of transferred intent o Inherently dangerous felonies


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