This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.
Chapter 5: Essential Criminal Law
Chapter 5 examines:
- The building blocks of a criminal offence: the actus reus and the mens rea
- The concept of causation
- The constituent elements of homicide
- The concept of an act of omission
- The concept of recklessness
- The distinctions between non-fatal offences against the person
- The changing nature of sex crimes and legislation
Chapter 5 provides you with the basic building blocks to a criminal offence: the actus reus and the mens rea elements to a crime. We will focus on the meanings of causation and highlight the developments in recklessness.
The multifaceted area of homicide will be discussed as to how the law differentiates between murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. A resulting conviction will determine whether the defendant is given a determinate or a life sentence.
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