Criminal Justice | Learning Resources | Section 3.5

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

Section 3.5: Substantive Offenses

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Learning Resources

Learning Objectives
3.5(a) Compare and contrast to common law elements of murder with the modern statutory definition provided by the Model Penal Code.
3.5(b) Differentiate between an assault and a battery.
3.5(c) Describe the evolution of the law defining the offense of rape, including the idea of rape shield laws.
3.5(d) Compare and contrast the common law definition of arson with the modern statutory definition provided by the Model Penal Code.
3.5(e) Compare and contrast the elements of robbery with the elements of burglary.

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Key Terms

  • Coercion
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Carnal Knowledge
  • Commercial Burglary
  • Common Law Arson
  • Delinquents
  • Dependent and Neglected Children
  • Depraved Heart Murder
  • Dwelling House
  • Felony Murder Rule
  • Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Lesser-included Offense
  • Marital Rape
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Rape Shield Laws
  • Rebuttable Presumption
  • Residential Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Status Offenders
  • Status Offenses
  • Truancy

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Last Updated:  04/21/2021

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