What is Criminal Law? - Definition, Purpose, Types & Cases


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The two types of criminal law statutes are:

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1. What is it called when the defendant admits to the crime in exchange for a reduced sentence?

2. The two portions of a criminal law statute are:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Criminal laws are necessary for many reasons and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of theories and the purpose of criminal statutes. Some topics you'll be tested on include types and parts of criminal laws, famous criminal cases, and theories of criminal laws.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following aspects of criminal law:

  • Theories of criminal law
  • Famous criminal cases
  • Types of criminal law
  • Parts of criminal statutes
  • How criminal law differs from civil law

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various aspects of criminal law and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as misdemeanors and felonies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding aspects and theories of criminal law
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types and theories of criminal law and famous criminal cases

Additional Learning

To learn more about criminal law, review the accompanying lesson called What is Criminal Law? - Definition, Purpose, Types & Cases. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Why criminal laws are necessary
  • Types of criminal laws
  • Different parts of a criminal statute
  • Famous criminal cases