Friday, July 10, 2015
The Role of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in the American Judicial System
"A crime is defined as any act or omission of an act that goes against a public law that forbids or commands it. All crimes feature four particular elements, namely, mental state (mens rea), conduct (actus reus), concurrence (mens rea and actus reus, occurring at the same time), and causation (occurrence of actual harm). Two categories of crimes Crimes are generally classified into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are considered lesser crimes, and offenders may only be required to pay a fine or endure a few days in prison, examples of which are drug possession and traffic violations. A felony, on the other hand, is considered a serious crime and is liable to be punished by imprisonment of no less than one year. Examples of felonies are theft, assault, battery, rape, and murder. "