The Elements Of Crime

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This Writing Assignment (WA) contains arrests, car stops, decision making, and a brief explanation of discretion. These topics contain examples and class presentations. Included are one topic from four chapters we talked about in class which were; “The Elements of Crime, Corpus Delicti,” “Capacity to Commit Crime-Insanity Defense,” “Parties to a Crime, and “Laws of Arrest.”
Three Class Activities The first class activity that professor Gonis demonstrated was a presentation, “Gonis Gang.” In this presentation, Gonis went inside a bank/classroom and told everyone to put their hands up. Gonis’ gang followed him into the bank wherein they ordered people to “get down!” One of Gonis’ partners pointed a gun and shot a victim in the head. Gonis’ face
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Mathew Kozlav, a 20-year-old, was arrested for burglary and fleeing the scene. Kozlav went into an unlocked garage and stole many valuables. He then fled the scene on foot and snuck into the attic of the neighbor’s house. The police department received a call from a neighbor that saw suspicious activity next door. When police arrived Kozlav was arrested and bitten by the k-9, but he was treated at the scene. This individual violated PC-487, which is grand theft. His act was stealing the goods from another person’s property, and he also had the intent to steal the possessions because it was all planned out. In this case, Kozlav did not have to commit a robbery and for this reason he is accusable of proximate cause. Proximate cause is defined as “That which produces an event and without which the event could not have …show more content…
A consensual encounter might happen if the police officer wants to ask a certain person some questions. The police officer does not need probable cause or reason of suspicion. An arrest differs from consensual encounters because in order for them to be a legitimate arrest you must have a probable cause. A situation occurred in January 2016, of a man named Bryce Headrick, age 23 and his father who were riding their bikes intoxicated. The officer had reasonable suspicion for detaining the two. As the officer spoke to Headrick, the father came up behind the police officer and struck him on the head. They began to punch and hit the officer. This quickly escalating from a stop into an arrest. In this case, the officer had the right to take them away because they had committed a felony. As stated in the book, “Whenever the officer has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a public offense in the officer’s presence”, he or she has he right to take them into custody. This situation falls under Peace Officer Powers of Arrest, PC

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