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PRL 192 - Criminal Law and Procedure

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course will cover an introduction to the practice of criminal law.  Principles of criminal litigation, the criminal court system, rules of criminal procedure and discovery, pre-trial investigation and practice, pre-trial motions, trial preparation, criminal trial basics, post-trial motions, sentencing and appeals will be included.     
Prerequisite: PRL 102 , PRL 103 , PRL 112  
Competencies
  1. Examine Criminal Law History and Fundamentals
    1. Define Criminal Law
    2. Identify Elements of Crimes
    3. Explain Mens Rea and Actus Reus
    4. Distinguish between Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation
    5. Describe the Constitutional Provisions Related to Criminal Law
  2. Analyze Individual Crimes
    1. Distinguish between Person Crimes and Property Crimes
    2. Describe General and Specific Intent Crimes
    3. Compare Felonies and Misdemeanors
    4. Explain Inchoate Offenses of Attempt, Conspiracy and Solicitation
    5. Identify State Statutes Related to Person Crimes and Property Crimes
  3. Break Down the Roles and Functions of Legal Professionals in Criminal Litigation
    1. Describe the Role of an Attorney, both Prosecutorial and Defense, in a Criminal Case
    2. Discuss the Function and Duties of Paralegals in the Investigatory and Adjudicatory Phases of the Criminal Process
    3. Explain the Role of Judges in Criminal Litigation
    4. Define the Role of Juries in Criminal Litigation
  4. Outline Discovery and Pre-Trial Procedure
    1. Explain the Intake Process
    2. Describe the Types and Purpose of Pre-Trial Motions, Including      Suppression, Production, In Limine
    3. Discuss Search and Seizures Issues under the Federal and State Constitutions
    4. Define Self-Incrimination Issues under the Federal and State Constitutions
    5. Discuss Right to Counsel Issues under the Federal and State Constitutions
    6. Distinguish between Initial Appearance, Preliminary Hearing and Arraignment
    7. Write Documents Commonly Used
    8. Define Depositions in Criminal Litigation
    9. Explain the Guilty Plea Process
  5. Examine Trial Procedure
    1. Explain Due Process Requirements
    2. Describe the Sequence of Events at Trial
    3. Apply Sentencing Guidelines/Options                    
  6. Evaluate Post-Trial and Appeals
    1. Describe Post-Trial Motions
    2. Explain Procedures for Appeals



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