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Essential Elements of a Crime - Chapter Summary
If you need to review the fundamental elements of crime, you're in the right place. This self-paced chapter examines several types of crimes, as well as related terminology and laws. The chapter's short and engaging lessons are taught by expert instructors who explain crime elements in a way that's easy to comprehend. The lessons come with interactive quizzes, and the chapter concludes with a multiple-choice exam. You can study at any time using your desktop, laptop or mobile device, and when you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Compare several types of crime
- Discuss the elements of a crime
- Define mens rea and actus reus
- Interpret the legal definitions of concurrence and causation
- Evaluate examples of inchoate crimes
- Explain the concept of conspiracy in law
- Differentiate between general intent and specific intent crimes
1. Crime: Definition & Types
Watch this video to explore the different types of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors and violations. You'll also review various views on crime, as well as examine personal and property crimes.
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. Mens Rea: Definition, Types, Requirement & Examples
This lesson will look at mens rea, including how it is defined, its place in the legal system, and the differing aspects surrounding it and its use. The types of mens rea and how they are used within the criminal justice field will be covered in this lesson.
4. Actus Reus: Definition & Examples
Once you complete this lesson, you should have a thorough understanding of what constitutes actus reus. You will review the definition as well as explore several examples.
5. Concurrence: Legal Definition & Exceptions
Concurrence in the law is the requirement that a guilty mental state coincide with a guilty act. Learn about the general elements of a crime and the theory of concurrence as it relates to criminal law.
6. Causation: Legal Definitions & Examples
When a criminal act is committed, the law requires certain basic elements to be proven before a person can be found guilty. In this lesson, we will define the element of criminal causation and provide examples of how it applies to a criminal case.
7. Inchoate Crimes: Definition & Examples
In law, there is a certain type of crime called an 'inchoate crime'. Learn what constitutes an inchoate crime, and see examples to get a thorough understanding of what inchoate crimes are.
8. What is a Conspiracy in Law? - Definition, Meaning & Examples
What does it take for a plot among people to become the crime of conspiracy? There are four elements that must be met. Check out this lesson to learn the basics of criminal conspiracy.
9. General Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples
A general intent crime is a crime that is committed with intent, but the results that happened were not proved to be intentional. This lesson discusses the varieties of general intent crimes.
10. Specific Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples
In some criminal cases, the defendant's state of mind while committing the crime is important. In this lesson, you'll learn about specific intent crimes and what differentiates them from other types of crimes.
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