Criminal Law Midterm

1. List and explain the four elements of self-defense. Are there any exceptions to any of these elements? If so, explain. Use examples!

2. Explain the purposes or rationales for punishment and the arguments in favor of each rationale. Include a discussion about current trends in punishment.

3. What is the legal definition of a voluntary act? Explain fault-based defenses and affirmative defenses and their relationship to the legal definition of a voluntary act. Provide examples.

4. What are strict liability crimes? Provide at least one example. What are some of the arguments for and against such crimes? Do you think there should or should not be strict liability crimes? Explain your position.

***It consists of 4 essay questions – be sure to read the directions and use scholarly sources to support your answers!! Remember to cite and reference your resources in BlueBook format!!***

**Please WRITE SUBSTANTIVE ESSAYS! This means SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS for each answer, with citations in bluebook format.

**Remember that your instructor will run your essays through turnitin.com. Plagiarized exams will receive a 0 and a referral to the Registrar.**