Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 4) - Criminal Defenses

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Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 4) - Criminal Defenses

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updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

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Lectures -11

Resources -1

Duration -2.5 hours


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Course Description

In this class, we will study criminal defenses in this class, including the difference between the defenses of insanity, intoxication, infancy, duress, necessity, self-defense, defense of others, consent, and a few others.

What is a criminal defense? A criminal defense is used when you have committed a crime, but you have a reason that you are either not responsible for your actions (insanity, intoxication, etc.) or you have a justification or excuse for your actions (self-defense, defense of others, consent, etc.). Many people believe that if you claim insanity as a defense, you can go free. But is that what really happens? That's just one of the things you will learn in this class.

I will provide videos for the course that will explain each topic along with practice story problems (called fact patterns in law) to help understand each concept. Students will be instructed to listen to a brief lesson, pause the video and try the practice problems themselves, then unpause the video to listen to the answers. Students should pay attention to the thinking behind the answers, not just the answers themselves.


What will you learn in this course:

- Students will learn the basic elements common law criminal defenses

- Students will learn to look for the little details, think through a problem, and not settle on the first answer that jumps to mind

- Students will have a broader understanding of the world of criminal law crimes against the person and be able to speak intelligently about the topic


What are the prerequisites for this course?

This class will make more sense if you've taken Parts 1-3, but you can also take this class on its own if you are only interested in learning about criminal defenses.

Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 4) - Criminal Defenses


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Criminal Defenses
11 Lectures
  • play icon 1 - Insanity 30:16 30:16
  • play icon 2 - Intoxication 14:02 14:02
  • play icon 3 - Infancy 12:38 12:38
  • play icon 4 - Duress 13:56 13:56
  • play icon 5 - Necessity 15:36 15:36
  • play icon 6 - Self-defense 23:35 23:35
  • play icon 7 - Defense of Others 02:25 02:25
  • play icon 8 - Defense of Property 10:17 10:17
  • play icon 9 - Consent 11:22 11:22
  • play icon 10 - Maintaining Domestic Authority 08:44 08:44
  • play icon 11 - Entrapment 09:26 09:26

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