About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering basic law in criminal justice will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about various types of laws that are related to criminal justice. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing information about basic law in criminal justice
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning criminal justice (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Basic Law in Criminal Justice chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Basic Law in Criminal Justice chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any criminal justice question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: View lessons on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about basic law in a standard criminal justice course. Topics covered include:
- The elements of actus reus
- Differences and cooccurrences between mens rea and actus reus
- The advantages and disadvantages of the fairness doctrine
- Administrative law's importance, relevance, scope, objectives, roles and functions
- The principles, procedures, characteristics and sources of administrative law
- Administrative law's effect on businesses
- Significant administrative law cases
- Separation of powers in administrative law
- Comparing administrative law to statutory law and constitutional law
- The history and development of administrative law
- Administrative law's relationship between rule of law
- Affray and arraignment laws
- The concept of attendant circumstances
1. Mens Rea vs. Actus Reus: Difference & Comparison
This lesson will define the terms mens rea and actus reus in criminal justice. The differences between the two will be discussed so the reader will be able to compare these terms effectively.
2. Actus Reus: Cases & Elements
To convict someone of a crime, they must have committed a voluntary act. In this lesson, we will learn what actus reus is and examine its role in the prosecution of every crime.
3. Mens Rea & Actus Reus: Concurrence & Examples
The written law expresses the elements of a crime. External to those are general elements that must also be proven. In this lesson, we'll define mens rea and actus reus and show the role they play in the prosecution of a crime.
4. Fairness Doctrine: Definition, Pros & Cons
The Fairness Doctrine is a policy that was implemented by the Federal Communications Commission to ensure balanced coverage of opposing issues. This lesson examines the pros and cons of the Fairness Doctrine.
5. Administrative Law: Objectives, Functions & Roles
As global populations and economies have expanded, so have government laws regulating them. Administrative law governs the government and ensures that it deals fairly with the public it serves. This lesson will examine administrative law.
6. What is Affray? - Legal Definition & Laws
In this lesson, the term affray will be defined, and laws regarding affray will be discussed. Upon completion, the reader should have a firm understanding of this term.
7. Arraignment: Purpose & Laws
In this lesson, you will learn more about the arraignment procedure during the court process. You will learn more about why they exist and why it is a significant piece of the process.
8. Attendant Circumstances: Definition, Concept & Examples
To convict a person of a crime, the prosecutor needs to prove the elements of that crime. In this lesson, we will learn what attendant circumstances are and what role they play in determining the elements of a crime.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice Overview course
- Law Enforcement & Police Activity
- Court Proceedings Overview
- Basic Theories of Crime
- Types of Courts
- Types of Crime Overview
- Agencies & Offices of the Department of Justice
- Criminal Sentencing
- History of Police Brutality in America
- Laws Related to Family, Marriage & Children
- Prisons in the United States
- American Law Enforcement Agencies
- Police Roles & Policies
- Criminal Sanctions Used in Criminology
- Overview of Correction Facilities
- Warrants in Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Criminology
- Crime Categories & Characteristics
- Theories of Criminal Behavior
- Victims of Crime: Consequences & Impact
- Types of Homicide