CJA/354 Criminal Law
June 20, 2011
Criminal law is very important to the criminal justice system. Criminal law states what behavior is criminal and it gives the punishment for each crime. In this document the sources and purposes of criminal law will be discussed. The jurisdiction information will be explained in order to show how it determines where the laws are enforced and created. The differences in the adversarial system and standard of proof within criminal cases will be explored. The differences between criminal liability and accomplice liability will be evaluated. The definitions of inchoate offenses for example, solicitation, conspiracy and contempt will be determined. Also, these terms will be compared to elements of additional criminal offenses.
Criminal Law Evaluation Paper
Criminal law encompasses “rules and regulations that defines and specifies punishments for offenses of a public nature or for wrongs committed against the state or society” (Schmalleger, 2010). Within the umbrella of criminal law are more specific types of different law. For instance, there is natural law, positive law, common law which all defines a specific type of crime an individual can commit and explanation to why it is considered a law. There are different degrees when it comes to punishment for violating a criminal law as well. In order for a person to be punished for committing a crime regarding the criminal law there must be two things present which will also be discussed. There are also offenses that are listed under criminal law as a certain type of offense and certain type of crime due to who or what is violated. Properties of criminal law include natural law, positive law and common law. Natural law is described as rule “of conduct inherent in human nature and in natural order, which are thought to be knowable through intuition, inspiration, and the exercise of reason without the...