||This is a course in substantive law, including the elements of major crimes and possible legal defenses. This course also familiarizes students with the Minnesota criminal statutes focusing on Minnesota Police Officer Standards and Training Board objectives.
- Examine the nature and limits of criminal law on based on the concepts of democracy, the constitution, and the principles and defenses of criminal law.
- Apply the concept of constitutional limits on criminal law as set forth in Equal Protection laws and concepts of free speech/right of privacy.
- Apply general principles of criminal liability: Mens Rea, concurrence, causation, and strict liability.
- Apply the general principles of criminal liability: Actus Reus, and distinguish between the requirement of a voluntary act and an involuntary act.
- Explain the legal principle of probable cause and be able to apply this concept to elements of a crime, jurisdiction, and enhancements.
- Identify the different parties to a crime both before and after the crime.
- Recognize the concept of inchoate crimes: Attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation.
- Distinguish between justification defenses: Insanity, diminished capacity, duress, intoxication, and entrapment.
- Identify basic criminal statutes, to include: Crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against the administration of justice.
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