CJA 343 Criminal Responsibility

CJA 343 Criminal Responsibility - Criminal Responsibility...

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Criminal Responsibility and Defenses How does criminal capacity affect the defense process? Is there a connection between criminal convictions and criminal capacity? Provide supporting documentation, if available, that shows a correlation between the two. Explain . Individuals with reduced mental ability that prevents the individual from being able to understand the difference between right and wrong also prevents that individual from being held liable for criminal acts. Incidents such as mental retardation, insanity, and infancy could all apply. In general, under common law, children under age seven are not considered able to be held for many crimes because they do not understand them. Children from seven to fourteen can be held for certain crimes. In addition, children over fourteen can be treated as adults. In modern times, each state has its own standards for this determination for children. In the cases of reduced mental abilities and insanity, it is a situation where the
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2011 for the course CJA 343 taught by Professor Emil during the Spring '11 term at Aberystwyth University.

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