Learning Objectives

After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to

➤ Identify and define the elements of a crime

➤ Know the five circumstances that create a legal duty to act

➤ Differentiate between a voluntary and an intentional act

➤ Know the difference between specific and general intent

➤ Define actus reus and mens rea

➤ Understand the four levels of culpability in Section 2.02 of the Model Penal Code

➤ Distinguish between “but for” and proximate causation

➤ Explain strict liability