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Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements - Chapter Summary
Take a look at this chapter's short and engaging lessons to review the features, characteristics, elements and categories of crime. Taught by expert instructors, this self-paced chapter offers easy-to-understand definitions and illustrative examples to make the studying process enjoyable. Each lesson comes with a self-assessment quiz and a printable transcript, and you're encouraged to take the chapter's final exam to make sure you fully understand the information. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Explain the general features and legal characteristics of crime
- Define the elements of a crime
- Recognize general crime categories
1. Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features
Learn about the legal characteristics of crime. Find out what constitutes the actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence of a crime. Examine other general features of crime.
2. The Elements of a Crime: Definition & Overview
The elements of a crime refer to the facts that must be established in order to prove criminal liability. This lesson discusses the four common elements of a crime and provides some examples of each.
3. General Categories of Crime
Watch this video to explore the different categories of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors, offenses, treason, espionage, and inchoate offenses.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course
- Intro to Criminology
- Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research
- Crime Patterns & Trends
- Victimization in Criminal Justice
- Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology
- Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology
- Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice
- Developmental Theories of Crime
- Overview of Violent Crime
- Types of Murder
- Types of Sex Crimes
- Basics of Property Crime
- Economic & Public Order Crimes
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Political Crime & Terrorism
- Understanding Cyber Crime
- American Criminal Justice Systems
- Law Enforcement in America
- Punishment & Corrections
- Studying for Criminal Justice 104