Criminal Law Essay
1. What kind of strike does the law not allow to form the basis of self-defense claims?
d. Preemptive Correct
The castle exception is an exception to what doctrine?
a. the retreat doctrine
Which of the following cases involves the “New York Subway Vigilante?”
c. People v. Goetz (1986) Correct
Most defenses are perfect defenses; if they’re successful, defendants are
The retreat requirement is weakest or nonexistent when persons are attacked b. in their own homes.
The defense of consent recognizes the societal value of
a. individual autonomy. Correct
A defense in which the defendant admits the act but claims that, under the circumstances, they aren’t legally responsible is called b. excuse.
A defense in which the defendant accepts responsibility for the act but claims what they did was right is called a. justification.
Circumstances that convince fact finders that defendants don’t deserve the maximum penalty for the crime they’re convicted of are called
c. mitigating circumstances.
Which of the following never justifies the use of force against another person?
At the heart of the choice-of-evils defense is the necessity to prevent a. imminent danger.
A person who was the initial aggressor can gain a lawful right to self-defense if they do which of the following from the incident they started?
b. completely withdraw
A person can use deadly force against an attacker whom the victim reasonably believes is going to cause them an injury less than death.
The attacker is said to be threatening b. serious bodily injury.
What is the heart of self-defense?
a. necessity Correct
The general rule is that self-defense is available only against what type of attacks?
Which of the following is a key requirement of the necessity defense? a. that no reasonable legal option exists for averting the harm
Correct Question 17
The law of self-defense is undergoing
b. major transformation.
In some jurisdictions, a person must retreat before using defensive deadly force if a. he can with complete safety to himself and others.
Correct Question 19
Defensive force may be used only if the threat or danger is d. imminent.
Evidence that doesn’t amount to a perfect defense might amount to an imperfect defense; that is, defendants are d. guilty of lesser offenses.