What Degrees Do You Need To Be A Lawyer

even though criminal law interestseveryone and it’s something everybody will deal with at least once a lot ofpeople don’t know very much about it here are a few basic concepts that mighthelp but beware though this isn’t legal advice just a general explanation let’s start with the two most basicelements of a crime: 1st "mens rea" now mens rea is not, as it sounds, some sort of mainly death ray "mens rea" is latin for "guilty mind." tocommit a crime you have to have a particular state of mind when you act. obvious right? let’s use an example if you commit a criminal act like bank robbery but you’re sleepwalking then you didn’t act

with a guilty mind and so you didn’tcommit a crime you have to act with a guilty mind at the exact time of thecriminal act so if you decided to murder someone but on your way there you’re notpaying attention and you hit them with your car that’s not murder because even thoughyou had a bad act and a guilty mind you didn’t have the guilty mind when you didthe bad act you were thinking about something else "actus reus" is just a fancy word for a"criminal act." you can’t commit a crime without action but even if you want tocommit a crime

you may not actually be successful this is called an attempt. an attemptis a special crime that requires two things be present 1st the guilty mind or the intent tocommit a crime, 2nd an act something significant enough that the attempter is showing they really want to commit the crime but is not actually committing the entire crime the world is full of criminals whodidn’t quite pull it off for all kinds of reasons the difference in thecriminal act is the important part if you committed the whole act it wouldn’tbe attempted robbery it would just be robbery

for example grabbing a purse butnot actually taking it would be a big enough act to be an attempt but touchinga purse in passing while you think about possibly grabbing it would not be enough even though you were thinking about it so it’s important not to jump the gun on stopping an attempthaving the intent is still important you can’t commit an attempt because you’rebeing reckless or not paying attention even if you could commit the underlyingcrime that way so while you can recklessly commitmanslaughter you can’t recklessly attempt manslaughter

you can’t recklessly attempt to commitany crime for that matter it might be another crime but notattempt because you have to intend to commit a crime for an attempt to takeplace and there you have it

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