Unit 3 – Substantive and Procedural law .1 What is a crime? Is being a drug addict a criminal offense? Crime is conduct in violation of the criminal laws of a state, the federal government, or a local jurisdiction, for which there is no legally acceptable justification or excuse. An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. .2 What is the difference between mala en se and mala prohibita? Mala en se “bad in itself,” or “wrong in itself.” It’s referring to crimes that are a threat to life such as assault, battery, larceny. Acts that are “mala prohibita” aren’t necessarily Mala en se are laws that doesn’t change Mala prohibita are laws that changing over time. .3 What is a tort? Non Contractual Wrong. Wrongful Act, damage, or injury involving a breach of contract. Tort is a wrongful act, damage, or injury not involving a breach of contract. Also, a private or civil wrong or injury.
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