Unformatted text preview: Next I will describe the main differences between substantive law and procedural law. Substantive criminal law defines acts that are punishable and what the punishment would be so if an act is not punishable under criminal law it is not illegal. It is based on seven principles: legality, actus reus, causation, harm, concurrence, mens rea, and punishment. On the other hand procedural criminal law defines how authorities must handle cases in all phases from investigation of a crime to the offender being released after completing his/her punishment. All aspects of procedural criminal law are covered in the bill of rights specifically the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eight amendments....
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ADM J 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '06 term at Penn State.
- Fall '06