CRJ 306 Criminal Law and Procedure Entire Course


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 1 DQ 1 Legal Terms.


Legal Terms. Choose one of the following questions:

a. Discuss the major, distinguishing characteristics that separate a felony and a misdemeanor. What is similar about them?

b. Distinguish between the legal terms precedent and stare decisis. What is their significance in criminal law?

c. Compare and contrast the notion of moral laws vs. criminal law


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 1 DQ 2 Constitutional Considerations.


Constitutional Considerations. Based upon the assignments below, answer your designated question. Be sure to support your answer. Respond and substantively reply to at least one of the postings for EACH of the questions that you are not required to respond to for your initial response. For example, if you are required to answer question a. with your primary posting, you must respond at least once to the primary postings of questions b and c.

a. What is jurisdiction and how does it affect criminal prosecution? Can the type of crime determine jurisdiction for a court? Distinguish between federal and state courts for criminal cases. Respond to this question if your last name begins with the letters A-G.

b. Which amendment to the constitution prohibits double jeopardy? Can someone be convicted for multiple crimes for one act? Provide examples to support your answer. Respond to this question if your last name begins with the letters H-P.

c. Do the police always need a search warrant to conduct a legal (admissible) search according to the Fourth Amendment? Fully explain your answer; list at least three exceptions to the warrant requirement. Respond to this question if your last name begins with the letters Q-Z.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 2 DQ 1 Actus Reus and Mens Rea.


Actus Reus and Mens Rea. Distinguish between the terms actus reus and mens rea; how are they significant in criminal law? Which of the two is more difficult to prove in a trial, beyond a reasonable doubt? Fully explain your answers, with authorities.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 2 DQ 2 Inchoate Offenses.


Inchoate Offenses. Provide your opinion of whether or not criminal liability and punishment for inchoate offenses are “fair” or not. How do the concepts of actus reus and mens rea fit with inchoate offenses? Should someone charged with an inchoate offense suffer the same punishment as the primary actors of the crime? Should people be criminally convicted for the crime of conspiracy where no underlying crime actually occurs?


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 2 DQ 3 Statutes of Limitations


Statutes of Limitations. Define the legal, procedural defense of statutes of limitations. Why are statutes of limitations a part of criminal law? Do you agree that there should be limits of when a crime can be prosecuted? Homicide does not have a statute of limitations. Do you agree or disagree with this notion?


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 3 DQ 1 Degrees of Homicide.


Degrees of Homicide. Define the crimes of voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide. Provide examples for each type of homicide. Would the felony murder rule apply to any (or all) of the three crimes here? Explain your answers.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 3 DQ 2 Kidnapping and False Imprisonment


Kidnapping and False Imprisonment. Explain the difference between the crimes of kidnapping and false imprisonment. Which crime should be punished more severely and why?


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 3 Sexual Predator Prosecution


Sexual Predator Prosecution. Prepare a three to five page paper (excluding the title and reference page) which details your home-state’s approach to sexual predators. Does your state have any which prohibit conduct that would be considered to be predatory? What types of crimes are codified into law, misdemeanor or felony? What are the punishments? Are there mandatory punishments or do judges have discretion in sentencing a defendant after conviction. According to the statutes that you research, is mere solicitation of improper activities enough for a prosecution, or must there be physical contact? Provide your opinion on the statute(s) and whether or not they are too soft, adequate, or too harsh on sexual predators. NOTE: if you cannot locate your state’s statutes, please research Florida’s.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 4 DQ 1 Robbery and Extortion.


Robbery and Extortion. Which crime, robbery or extortion is more harmful to the victim of the crime? Discuss the similarities and the differences between these two crimes.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 4 DQ 2 Identity Theft.


Identity Theft. Identity theft is one of the more prevalent crimes of the 21st century. List ways in which a person can protect her/his identity from being stolen, and list the various ways in which criminals use identity theft for their personal gain.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 4 DQ 3 Arson


Arson. Arson is often described as one of the most difficult crimes to prove; do you agree and why or why not? What “special” difficulties can occur when trying to prove an arson case?


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 5 DQ 1 Intimate Abuse


Inmate Abuse. Choose one of the three forms of “intimate abuse” presented in Chapter Fourteen. Explain the nature of the form of the abuse, detail the difficulty in prosecuting the abuses and offer suggestions/strategies how to reduce the number of incidents of the crime chosen. Use outside, scholarly sources and “think outside the box” to come up with solutions to the difficult issues confronted here.


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 5 DQ 2 Mandatory Sentencing


Mandatory Sentencing. The trend in the United States is toward mandatory sentencing for most criminal offenses. First, define mandatory sentencing. Second, discuss the pros and cons of mandatory sentencing. Third, provide your opinion of whether or not you agree with mandatory sentencing provisions


ASHFORD CRJ 306 Week 5 Final Paper


Focus of the Final Paper

Prepare a six to ten page paper (excluding the title and reference page), which details the entire criminal justice process for a felony criminal charge filed in a state court. Your paper will include all of the steps between arrest through pre-trial, trial, and appeals (both state and federal appeal possibilities). You must address contingencies for each stage of the proceedings and examine all possible outcomes. Your paper should be organized chronologically for how the process occurs, and provide analyses of how constitutional protections for the defendant work at each stage of the proceeding. Provide critical analyses, where appropriate, of whether the system effectively deals with criminal prosecutions, or whether changes or improvements are required. You may ask questions of your professor in either the classroom’s “Questions and Concerns” discussion board area or through email. Students can supplement their papers with interviews of people involved in the criminal justice field which will lend credibility to the research paper and the findings presented