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NCJ Number: 72449 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Acts and Defenses
Journal: Training Key  Issue:292  Dated:(1980)  Pages:complete issue
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training brochure for police officers discusses the elements of commonly encountered crimes, as well as the most frequently used legal defenses that are planned to establish that some requirement for criminal liabilty is lacking.
Abstract: Discussion turns first to three broad categories of crimes: crimes against the person, property crimes, and inchoate or preliminary crimes. Examination of crimes against the person covers murder (first and second degres), manslaughter, and assault and battery. Property crimes addressed include larceny, robbery, and burglary. Crimes which are not completed, not punishable, and considered inchoate crimes are addressed: solicitation, attempt, and conspiracy. Defenses are then explored as used in criminal prosecutions, with consideration of infancy, insanity, involuntary intoxication, alibi, necessity or duress, and self-defense. Other legal defenses used are also given attention: defense of others, defense of property, public duty, consent (by the victim of the crime), mistake of fact, and mistake of law. A discussion guide helps to review the offenses and defenses summarized, and questions and answere complete the training brochure.
Index Term(s): Burden of proof; Criminal justice education; Criminal responsibility; Defense; Offenders; Police legal training
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