Common Ground California

An Introduction To Criminal Law

There are different kinds of law existing today but the one that we"ll put some focus on Criminal Law. Law is complicated and if you"re involved in a crime, it gets more confusing.

Here are the basics of Criminal Law:


Mens Rea & Actus Reus

Mens Rea is Latin for “Guilty mind“. To commit a crime you need to have a particular state of mind. You have to act with a guilty at the exact time of the crime.

Actus Reus means criminal act. You can"t commit a crime without doing anything. But, if the crime was not successful it"s called an attempt. An attempt involves two factors: a guilty mind and the act.

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