Ch 11: Crimes Against the Public

About This Chapter

This chapter examines crimes against the public through a series of short lessons and assessments. Review this chapter to improve your performance in a criminal justice class, prepare for an upcoming exam, get extra homework help or refresh your criminal law knowledge.

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

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Crimes Against the Public
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Affray? - Legal Definition & Laws

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.

What is Vagrancy? - Definition & Laws

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.

Loitering: Definition & Laws

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.

Unlawful Assembly & Failure to Disperse: Definitions & Laws

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.

US Gang Violence: Facts, Causes & History

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.

How and Why Are Drugs Classified?

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.

The Medical Marijuana Controversy: Pros & Cons

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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