2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

ADJ302: Criminal Law and Procedure Part I

3 Credit(s)
Prerequisite(s): ADJ100  
This course will provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of criminal law and criminal procedure in the United States. In the Criminal Law section of this course, students will learn how our state and federal criminal statutes have developed over time, from the common law, the Constitution as well as legislative enactment to create criminal statutes in state and federal law. The core concepts of mens rea, actus reus and concurrence will be discussed, with special emphasis on the burden placed on the prosecution to prove the elements of the charged crimes by proof and evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. In the Criminal Procedure section of this course, students will examine the protections the 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, 6th Amendment, 8th Amendment as well as the 14th Amendment provide to those individuals under criminal investigation by law enforcement. This course will also examine the Constitutional protections of individuals charged with violations of the criminal law during the investigatory, arraignment, pre-trial and trial processes.