Specific Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples


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Amy and her friends go to the mall. They encounter another group of girls they don't know. One of the girls thinks Amy is staring at her and asks Amy what her problem is. Amy quickly replies by telling the girl to mind her own business. When the girl responds with a nasty comment, Amy pushes the girl on the ground and punches her repeatedly. Amy is arrested for battery. What type of crime did Amy commit?

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1. Which of the following is considered a strict liability crime?

2. James finds out his girlfriend, Leda, is seeing another man. He is outraged and determined to confront Leda. Under the pretense of cooking Leda a special meal, he lures her to his apartment where he plans to tell her what he knows. Shortly after Leda's arrival, James tells her he knows she is seeing someone else. James then pulls out a loaded gun he had hidden behind a pillow and shoots Leda twice, taking her life. James is charged with murder in the first degree. This is a specific intent crime because:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet will help you find out what you know about specific intent crimes. You will need to identify different types of crimes and how they are classified.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you'll see what you remember about:

  • Types of specific intent crimes
  • Strict liability crimes
  • The crime committed by falsifying a legal document

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as some examples of specific intent crimes
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to identify the type of crime committed from a description of the offense
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as specific intent and strict liability crimes

Additional Learning

You can find out more about these types of crimes by reviewing the lesson titled Specific Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you understand:

  • General intent crimes
  • Crimes committed with malice
  • The importance of state of mind to crimes