CrimLaw Chart_REALLY GOOD - MPC V. COMMON LAW CHART I....

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I. BASIC DEFINITION - Act + Mental State + Result = Crime – Defenses II. ACTUS REUS - a voluntary act, omissions do not usually count. A. VOLUNTARY ACT C OMMON L AW MPC D IFFERENCES Requires a voluntary and a social harm An act is voluntar y if willed the action or if she was sufficiently free that she could be blamed for her conduct. The social harm is the wrong caused by 's voluntary act. No person may be convicted of a crime in the absence of conduct that includes of which he is physically capable. B. EXCEPTIONS 1. OMISSIONS C OMMON L AW MPC D IFFERENCES No crime unless there is a legal duty to act Types: Statute Contract Special Relationship Assumption of Care Peril wrongfully created for another Same as CL criminal liability imposed for the omission of an act which is physically capable. None 2. INVOLUNTARY ACT C OMMON L AW MPC D IFFERENCES Can negate the action or serve as an affirmative defense. Done in a state of unconsciousness Involuntary acts: reflex, convulsion, movements during sleep, movements under or the result of hypnosis, and unconscious movements. MPC extends CL such that acts done under hypnosis and in states of unconsciousness are "no action." III. MENS REA - A mental state is required for most crimes. Strict liability and public welfare offences are the exception. To prove an offense, the prosecution must prove mens rea as to every element of the offense A. TYPES C OMMON L AW MPC D IFFERENCES Intentionally (willfully) – to consciously cause the result or when one is virtually certain that the object will occur as a result of 's conduct. Recklessness – A heightened criminal negligence or conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk. Negligence – Objective fault should have been aware that his conduct created a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the social harm would result. Maliciously - when one intentionally or grossly reckless causes the social harm prohibited by the statute. Purpose - conscious object with conduct & results. Must be aware of the existence or believe or hope that such circumstances do exist Knowledge – Conscience awareness that results are practically certain to occur Recklessness - Conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk. Negligence – Should have been aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk. Purpose = desire for a certain outcome Knowledge = indifference to a certain MPC splits intentionally into purpose and knowledge MPC clear distinction between negligence and recklessness - not on the degree of risk involved but on D's knowledge of the risk. MPC provides that when it is not clear which element a mens rea applies to, apply it to all elements of the offense Where the statute is silent on Mens Rea, recklessness is required . 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course CRIMINAL L 101 taught by Professor Sm during the Fall '08 term at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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