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NCJ Number: 64703 Find in a Library
Title: CRIMINAL LAW
Author(s): K M WELLS; P B WESTON
Corporate Author: Goodyear Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 294
Sponsoring Agency: Goodyear Publishing Co
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sale Source: Goodyear Publishing Co
1640 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EVOLUTION OF CRIMINAL LAW, HOW LAW IS FORMULATED IN THE COURTS AND LEGISLATURES, AND LEGAL CONCEPTS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO SPECIFIC TYPES OF CRIMES ARE EXPLORED IN THIS WORK.
Abstract: A FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND A PUBLIC DEFENDER SCRUTINIZE THE ENTIRE FIELD OF CRIMINAL LAW FROM ITS ORIGINS IN ENGLISH COMMON LAW TO THE MAJOR CRIMES COMMONLY ENCOUNTERED TODAY. SIGNIFICANT COURT OPINIONS ARE INCLUDED TO HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE LAW. DETAILED INFORMATION IS PRESENTED REGARDING CRIMINAL HOMICIDE AND ASSAULT, ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING, ARSON, BURGLARY, THEFT CRIMES, RAPE, AND ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME AND SOLICITATION. THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF EACH FELONY, INCLUDING EXPLANATIONS OF HOW EACH CRIME MAY BE AGGRAVATED BY THE USE OF A WEAPON OR INFLICTION OF INJURY, ARE EXAMINED. PROSECUTION PROBLEMS AND COMMON DEFENSES TO THESE CRIMES ARE PRESENTED. ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THE PROSECUTION'S BURDEN OF PROOF TO THE CRIME'S ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS AND DEFENSES TO ONE OR MORE OF THESE ELEMENTS. CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY, CRIMINAL INTENT, AND JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES ARE DISCUSSED, AS WELL AS THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN LAW. A PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE PENALTIES OF CRIMINAL LAW IS TO DETER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. UNLESS AN INDIVIDUAL IS AN INFANT OR IS PROVEN TO BE INSANE, HE OR SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CRIMINAL CONDUCT. THERE IS EXCUSE FROM CRIMINAL LIABILITY WHEN SUCH CONDUCT IS IN RESPONSE TO PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING EMERGENCY, DURESS, OR NECESSITY. SELF-DEFENSE IS A CLASSIC EXONERATION, AND OTHER DEFENSES MAY SIMILARLY LIMIT RESPONSIBILITY. ILLUSTRATIONS, TABLES, NOTES, A CASE INDEX, AND A GENERAL INDEX ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LWM).
Index Term(s): Criminal codes; Defense; Judicial decisions; Offenses; Prosecution; Reference materials
Note: ONE OF THE GOODYEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT SERIES
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