Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the development of the Common Law, as applied to criminal law, from its origin to today.
  2. Define criminal law.
  3. Compare and contrast criminal law, criminal procedure, and civil law.
  4. Identify and describe the five primary objectives of criminal law punishment.
  5. Identify and describe the various forms of law that are important to criminal law.
  6. When presented with a crime, you will be able to identify it is a felony, misdemeanor, infraction, malum in se, or malum prohibitum.
  7. Explain federal and state jurisdiction over criminal law and describe the roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in criminal law.