Fundamentals of Criminal Law

Adam J. McKee, Ph.D.

Jack Brown Ph.D.

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Section 1: The Framework

Section 1.1:  The Nature of the Law (450 Words)

Section 1.2:  Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law (825 Words)

Section 1.3:  The Criminal Act (850 Words)

Section 1.4:  The Mental Element (380 Words)

Section 1.5: Concurrence, Causation, and Harm (71 Words)


Section 2

Section 2.1:  Complicity (480 Words)

Section 2.2:  Attempt and Solicitation (217 Words)

Section 2.3:  Conspiracy (570)

Section 2.4:  Justification Defenses (1075)

Section 2.5:  Excuse Defenses (380)

Section 3:  Crimes Against Persons

Section 3.1:  Criminal Homicide (117 Words)

Section 3.2:  Sex Offenses and Domestic Crimes (0 words)

Section 3.3:  Kidnapping and False Arrest

Section 3.4:  Robbery and Related Offenses

Section 3.5:  Assault and Related Offenses (0 Words)

Section 4:  Special Victims and Dangerous Crimes

Section 4.1:  Crimes against Children

Section 4.2:  Domestic Violence (0 Words)

Section 4.3:  Extortion and Related Offenses (0 Words)

Section 4.4:  Burglary (0 Words)

Section 4.5:  Arson (0 Words)

Section 5

Section 5.1:  Theft (0 Words)

Section 5.2:  Forgery and Related Offenses (0 Words)

Section 5.3:  Drugs and Alcohol (0 Words)

Section 5.4:  Crimes against Public Order (0 Words)

Section 5.5:  Crimes Against Judicial Process (0 Words)

Section 6

Section 6.1:  Traffic Offenses (0 Words)

Section 6.2:  Driving Under the Influence (0 Words)

Section 6.3:  Computer Crime (0 Words)

Section 6.4:  Crimes against Morales (0 Words)

Section 6.5:  White Collar Crime (0 Words)

Modification History

File Created:  07/12/2018

Last Modified:  07/07/2018


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