Basically the criminal law can be defined in many ways, but all breaks down to meaning really the same thing. The purpose of criminal law is to maintain society. The law is providing people with a guideline of what not to do. It also will tell you what the consequences are if you should break the law. The two main functions of criminal law are legal requirements of a society, and the second pertains to the need to maintain and promote social values. Some of the written sources of American criminal law are the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to inform us of what our rights are under democracy. The definition of the US Constitution is the power of the court. Everything that I have just talked about breaks down to be really simple. Across the United States of America there are laws, and you break them, you will then be punished and it is the courts decision on what your punishment will be. “Break the law pay the price”, that is what Dad always said. The sad part about this is everyone in America is born with common sense, and everyone knows what is wrong and what is right, but for some strange reason people feel the need to commit crimes everyday. Even knowing what the consequences might be. It is a fact that all jails across the US are starting to become over populated. More people are committing more crimes and that means more jails being built.
Criminal responsibility may be limited due to fact of some defenses. For example infancy which means the accused may be too young to be held liable for what he or she is being accused of. The reason why these steps are being used is because like said the accused may be too young to be held liable due to fact that they are to young to know any better. Another one used is insanity. This would mean that person being accused of a crime is or was not in the right mental mind frame. For example someone being crazy. Now on the other hand there is a story about a mother being...
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