Criminal Responsibility: Definition, Evaluation & Legal Defenses

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Laws define crimes by two basic elements: 1) an act or omission; and 2) a mental state. Which element does the concept of criminal responsibility concern?

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1. Which of the following is not a criminal mental state?

2. Which mental state refers to when a person consciously disregards a risk or danger?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You will be able to gauge your knowledge of the different mental states, as well as the meaning of criminal responsibility in this quiz and worksheet. You will need to be aware of the different mental states in order to do well on the quiz portion of these assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to check your knowledge of the following topics:

  • Legal defenses used to avoid responsibility
  • Way an expert may evaluate criminal responsibility
  • Types of mental states
  • Elements of criminal responsibility

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on criminal responsibility
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of criminal mental states
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding legal defenses used to avoid responsibility

Additional Learning

You can learn more about mental states and the concept of criminal responsibility by checking out the lesson called Criminal Responsibility: Definition, Evaluation & Legal Defenses. This lesson will help you do the following tasks:

  • Understand what criminal responsibility refers to
  • Identify the different types of criminal mental states
  • Learn how criminal responsibility is evaluated
  • Review common legal defenses to criminal responsibility
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