Major Principles of Criminal law

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Major Principles of Criminal law Mens rea- blameworthy state of mind o First step toward engaging in criminal behavior Actus Rea- guilty act o Where the bad though is converted into action Causation- result or consequences of the act o Cause and effect of the act o Degree of liability should the act be deemed criminal and the person responsible Legality- the slippery slope o If act is socially reprehensible, but does not violate the law there should not be legal focus o But if act is legally proscribed then punishment must be determined Harm- degree of harm resulting from the act o Goes to the degree of punishment that might be imposed Concurrence- if action coincides with the thought, there is intent then there’s premeditation o Premeditated acts that are illegal and causes harm then malice aforethought can be considered Punishment- if above conditions are met then people could be considered liable for their actions and subject to punishment
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