Begin exploring the justifications and excuses that provide a defense to criminal liability by learning about the classic defense of self-defense under both the common law and the Model Penal Code.
Welcome to this tutorial on justifications and excuses, which comprise two types of defenses to criminal liability. A justification is so called because it applies to conduct that is deemed to be justified and therefore socially acceptable, even desirable. When we excuse conduct, on the other hand, it's not because the behavior is acceptable but rather because punishment isn't merited under the defendant's particular circumstances.
It's sometimes said that justifications are objective,...