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Crimes Against the Public - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter's lessons to review legal concepts pertaining to crimes against the public. Our lessons offer simple definitions and explanations of a variety of public crime topics, including affray, vagrancy, loitering, unlawful assembly, gang violence and more. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you remember key concepts, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam. The chapter is accessible on any device that has an Internet connection, and our subject matter experts can answer any questions you may have about crimes against the public. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Define the concepts of affray and vagrancy
- Recognize loitering laws
- Evaluate laws related to unlawful assembly and failure to disperse
- Discuss the causes and history of gang violence in the U.S.
- Explain why and how drugs are classified
- Assess the pros and cons of the medical marijuana controversy
1. 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.
2. What is Vagrancy? - Definition & Laws
In this lesson we will discuss the meaning of vagrancy and the different punishable actions related to it. The different laws for these acts will be covered, along with an example to further understanding.
3. Loitering: Definition & Laws
In this lesson we study loitering, a type of behavior often prohibited by state and local authorities. We will explore illustrative laws and also complete a quiz to test our understanding.
4. Unlawful Assembly & Failure to Disperse: Definitions & Laws
The First Amendment gives us the right to assemble. In this lesson, we will learn about laws that make it a crime to assemble and to not disperse when told.
5. US Gang Violence: Facts, Causes & History
This lesson will examine the topic of gang violence in the United States by looking at the facts, causes, and history surrounding this criminal problem.
6. How and Why Are Drugs Classified?
In the United States, controlled substances are classified according to their medicinal value and potential for abuse. The classifications are known as ''schedules.'' This lesson explains how and why drugs are classified.
7. The Medical Marijuana Controversy: Pros & Cons
In this lesson, we will learn about the pros and cons of marijuana use as a medical option. We will learn about the history of medical marijuana, the proponents' arguments, and the opponents' rationale against legalization.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 307: Advanced Criminal Law course
- Introduction to Advanced Criminal Law
- The U.S. Legal System, Jurisdiction & Evidence
- The Bill of Rights & Constitutional Protections
- Elements of a Crime
- Types of Criminal Defenses
- Parties to Crime & Inchoate Offenses
- Criminal Homicide & Murder
- Sexual Offenses
- Crimes Involving Force & Fear
- Crimes Against Property
- Crimes Against the Government