THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CRIMINAL LAW

Early Legal Codes

The Magna Carta

Common Law

SOURCES OF LAW

Constitutions

Statutes

Case Law

Administrative Rules and Executive Orders

TYPES OF LAW

Criminal Law and Civil Law

Substantive Law and Procedural Law

TYPES OF CRIME

Felonies

Misdemeanors

Inchoate Offenses

Infractions

FEATURES OF CRIME

Actus reus

Mens rea

Strict Liability

CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE

My Client Did Not Do It

My Client Did It, but My Client Is Not Responsible Because of Insanity

My Client Did It but Has a Good Excuse

My Client Did It but Has a Good Reason

My Client Did It but Should Be Acquitted Because the Police or the Prosecutor Cheated

My Client Did It but Was Influenced by Outside Forces

SUMMARY