Components of a Crime

Components of a Crime

-act itself (the actus reus or guilty act);

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-requisite mental state/intent (the mens rea or guilty mind); and

-causation; harm that is the result of the act that was committed. The accused performed the act that caused the harm with the intent to cause that harm.


  1. Explain what criminal law is, the classification of crimes, and its purpose.
  2. Describe the criminal procedure process from arrest through trial.
  3. Describe several of the more common crimes that occur in the healthcare setting.


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