CRJ 306 CRJ306 Week 5 Discussion 1 Criminal Trials – Lesser Included Offenses and Double Jeopardy
CRJ 306 Week 5 Discussion 1 Criminal Trials – Lesser Included Offenses and Double Jeopardy
Criminal Trials – Lesser Included Offenses and Double Jeopardy. 1st Post Due by Day 3. One area of the law essential to understand is the concept of lesser included offenses. In this discussion, address the following prompts:
- Define the criminal justice legal term of lesser included offense.
- Assess how courts determine whether a crime is a lesser included offense.
- Explain whether someone can be convicted for multiple crimes for one act.
- Evaluate how lesser included offenses do not violate the double jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment.
- Examine the material elements of crimes and how they can vary to allow for multiple prosecutions for the same acts or similar offenses. Provide specific examples to support your answer.
Guided Response: Your initial post must be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Fairness should be considered in any criminal law or procedure issue. Provide analyses of your classmates’ postings with an emphasis on whether or not it seems fair to the defendant to have to defend against crimes presented in multiple forums. Can we assume that it is fair to the state to prosecute in multiple jurisdictions (where the state has large amounts of resources for such actions)?