Quimbee Criminal Law CLE Online
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An Overview of Criminal Law
Fundamentally, all law in the United States can be classified as either civil law or criminal law. Criminal law concerns the punishment of individuals who commit crimes, whereas civil law deals with individuals’ disputes over their respective rights. Criminal suits are initiated by prosecuting attorneys acting on behalf of the government–typically, state or federal–to enforce the law against alleged criminals.
Each state has adopted its own criminal code. The Model Penal Code (MPC) is promulgated by the American Law Institute, and a number of states, such as New York, have adopted codes that closely resemble the MPC. Additionally, the federal government has its own set of criminal laws, which are codified in Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
Generally, a crime involves three elements:
(1) the act (actus reus),
(2) the alleged criminal’s mental state at the time of the act (mens rea, i.e., guilty mind), and
(3) the causation between the act and the effect of the act (typically either proximate causation or but-for causation.)
In a criminal prosecution, the government has the burden of proving all three elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Each crime can generally fall into one of several categories, including felonies, misdemeanors, inchoate offenses, and strict liability offenses. Felonies are considered the most serious offense and generally carry a penalty of over one year of imprisonment. At common law, there were nine primary felonies: murder, robbery, manslaughter, rape, sodomy, larceny, arson, mayhem, and burglary. Today, statutory criminal law is far more extensive.
Who Should Take CLE Courses in Criminal Law?
Any lawyer on either side of a criminal case should be well-versed in the latest developments in criminal law. Both defense attorneys and prosecutors owe a duty to know the legal system and relevant statutes inside and out. Any slight advantage can make the difference between winning and losing a case, and a CLE course in criminal law might just be that advantage. These courses can also benefit not just practicing attorneys, but anyone involved in the criminal justice system, such as judges, paralegals, expert witnesses, social workers, law enforcement officers, and forensic analysts, to name just a few. The U.S. criminal system is known for its complexity; a relevant CLE course in criminal law can help clarify at least a small subset of that system.