Necessity Defense: Definition, Laws & Examples


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To convict someone of a crime a prosecutor must prove the _____ of a crime, which are found in the _____.

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1. Which is a FALSE statement about an affirmative defense?

2. Which is NOT an element of the defense of necessity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly gauge your understanding of the use of the defense of necessity in criminal law with this brief quiz/worksheet assessment. You must be familiar with specific terms and be able to recognize true/false statements pertaining to this subject when taking this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When you take this quiz, you will need to be prepared to do the following:

  • Understand what a prosecutor must prove for a conviction
  • Differentiate between true/false statements about an affirmative defense
  • List the elements of the defense of necessity
  • Explain why the defense of necessity would not work in a given scenario
  • Choose a statement that reflects why the law allows for the defense of necessity

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the elements of the defense of necessity
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why the defense of necessity is allowed by law and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what a prosecutor must do to convict someone of a crime
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer true/false questions about affirmative defense

Additional Learning

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