Ronald Shocker has been planning to murder his rich father to inherit his money. For over nine months, he has been developing and refining an elaborate scheme to commit murder. He has not yet done anything. Is he nonetheless guilty of a crime?
Ronald Shocker now decides to translate his plan to murder his rich father into action. He asks and encourages his friend, Jarold Becker, to help him. So far no true action has occurred--Ronald’s father is alive. There has not even been an attempt on his life. Has a crime occurred?
Jarold has decided to work with Ronald in eliminating Ronald’s father. Furthering the plan, Jarold purchases a gun and ammo. He begins to follow Ronald’s father. They also go to the practice range each day to improve their gun skills. Has Ronald committed another crime? Has Jarold committed a crime?
Davis, the accountant of the Dell Norte Credit Union, cleverly juggled the company records over a period of years. During that time, she took at least $35,000 belonging to the credit union. When the theft was discovered by outside auditors, Davis repaid the money with interest. Has she committed a crime despite the repayment?
EXAMPLES OF CRIMES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
EXAMPLES OF CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER
Sean and Michelle where sitting at home when a door flung open. Butch stood at the door, carving knife in one hand and beer bottle in the other. Michelle grabbed her fathers pistol from a desk and aimed it at Butch. Butch lunged towards Michelle. Michelle pulled the trigger and killed Butch with one shot. Does Michelle have a defense?
One night you are walking down the street after a movie. A thug grabs you and holds a gun to your throat. He forces you to walk with him to a jewelry store. With a gun still to your throat, he gives you a hammer and makes you break the glass window case and give him a diamond necklace. He then runs away. Are you guilty of a crime?
Angie’s boyfriend, Zeke, a drug addict, sent Angie out on her usual mission to get money so he could support his habit. She picked up her partner, Betty along with Betty’s cousin, Carla. While shopping in clothing store, Angie pointed a gun at the cashier demanding money, while Betty kept a look out. Carla was busy trying on clothes, unaware of what was happening. Driving home, the three heard a news report giving their descriptions and detailing what had just occurred. Carla offered to let them stay at her place until it was safe to come back to town.
At a ski resort, at the base of the mountain and on top, there are often hundreds of pairs of skis. Sometimes someone puts on someone else’s skis. By coincidence, they match identically to yours. Do we have crime here?