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Crime Categories & Characteristics - Chapter Summary
This self-paced criminology chapter outlines the major categories and characteristics of crime. As you work through the chapter's short video lessons, you'll examine the elements of crime, as well as its general features and legal characteristics. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you retain essential terms and concepts. Our instructors are happy to assist you if you have any questions about the material. You can also access the chapter on any computer or mobile device. When you're finished working through these lessons and quizzes, you'll be able to:
- Identify the legal characteristics and general features of crime
- Define the elements of crime
- Recognize the major 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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