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Actus Reus Actus reus makes up one-third of necessary characteristics of every crime, which is an act of disrespecting the law set forth by governing officials and being guilty of the accused offense (Schmalleger & Hall, 2017). The authors inform readers that the actus reus is the physical element of the crime, which the individual voluntarily commits the act. The term actus reus can be extended to include consciously possessing something and omission because a person had a duty to act and failed to comply. The person can be charged depending on the results (Schmalleger & Hall, 2017). Actus reus can be viewed as being crimes involving conduct and results. A crime requires seven elements for an individual to be guilty, which are harm, legality, actus reus , mens rea , causation, concurrence, and punishment (Bohm & Haley, 2014). An example of crimes concerning conduct and results are parents not attempting to keep their child from skipping school. The parent has gone to great lengths to help the youth
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  • Fall '17
  • criminal law, actus reus, Schmalleger & Hall, Crime Elements

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