Criminal Defenses and Criminal Punishments

Criminal Defenses and Criminal Punishments

LEG 320 Criminal Law,

Criminal Defenses and Criminal Punishments

In this assignment, I will explore different types of criminal defenses and the manner of criminal punishments by responding to the questions listed below.

Specify the key points involved in the court determining the lawfulness of the use of force. Next, evaluate the level of objectivity inherent in each point that you have specified.

In Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989) the Supreme Court established the complete use of force lawsuits. This Supreme Court ruling dictated that the Lower courts be directed to ask three questions pertaining to how to measure the lawfulness of a particular application of force. (International Association of the Chiefs of, 2016)

One question the officer on site needs to determine is the severity of the crime believed to have been committed or being committed?

Another question the officer on site might need to determine is has the defendant presented an immediate threat to the officers or the public’s safety.

“Was the suspect actively resisting arrest or attempting to run away?” (International Association of the Chiefs of, 2016)

The use of force is defined by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as “the amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject.” “The use of force by law enforcement becomes necessary and permitted under specific circumstances, such as in self-defense or in the defense of another.” “Situational awareness is essential since an officer of the law would need the ability to judge when a crisis requires the use of force to regain control of a situation.” (International Association of the Chiefs of, 2016) Law enforcement officers as a practice should use only the amount of force necessary to mitigate an incident make an arrest or protect themselves or others from harm.

“The levels, or continuum, of force that police use includes, the following basic verbal and physical restraint, less-lethal force and then finally lethal force.” (International Association of the Chiefs of, 2016)

There are several levels of objectivity which are inherent in the use of force one being the use of force helps to protect the public and police as well. In addition, another level of objectivity to the use of force would be to ensure that the defendants face the law to ensure justice is served. Finally, the severity of the crime committed or being committed will only be stopped by the use of force to prevent harm.

Determine the fundamental difference between the castle doctrine and stand your ground types of criminal defenses. Justify the validity of each and provide one (1) example of each to support your response.

The right of a homeowner to ensure the protection of his or her home using deadly force if the opportunity to retreat to safety outside of one’s “castle” is not available, this is known as the Castle doctrine self-defense. (Thompson Reuters, 2018)

The stand-your-ground law established a right by which a person could defend one’s self or others against immediate threats or what they perceived to be threats, even to the point of using deadly force, regardless of whether the opportunity to retreat from the situation is possible and available.

A documented fundamental difference between the castle doctrine and the stand your ground types of criminal defense has been explained that the Castle Doctrine applies to an individual’s home if the criminal is already inside.” “While on the other hand, the stand your ground applies outside and only changes one element of the justification for deadly force use.” (Thompson Reuters, 2018) I could use the castle doctrine as a criminal defense if I were at home and a burglary entered my home, threatened my life and left me no way to escape.

I could use the stand your ground law as a criminal defense if I were walking in my neighborhood and I was attacked, I don’t have to retreat I can protect myself from harm.

Analyze the overall role that double jeopardy clause plays within the trial system. Next, evaluate the general level of fairness of double jeopardy to the defense.

“The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution contains the provision which addresses prohibition of the government from prosecuting people more than once for the same crime and from imposing multiple punishments for one offense.” (Mark Randall, 2012) This Clause is to protect the defendant who has been acquitted on criminal charges from standing trail again for the same offense. This initial trial minimizes distress to the participants and the opportunity for unethical officers to manipulate ‘new’ evidence.

Specify the basic features of adversarial system. Next, support or critique the value of the adversarial system within the criminal law system in the United States. Justify your response.

Preserving privacy with the courts working as the peace keeper to ensure fairness, that procedural law is strictly adhered to and that the right of the defendants right not to speak are what is valued most about the adversary system in America (628. Speedy Trial Act of 1974, 2018)

This system ensures proper administration of sentences within legal limits without this system there could be a miscarriage of justice or the courts could be unduly influenced.

The adversarial system’s essential features are explained as follows:

“Each party being responsible for presenting their case through legal representative before the courts.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

“The judge must be an impartial arbitrator to ensure the trial is by the rules of evidence and procedure.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

“Tight rules of evidence and procedure are followed.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

“Burden of proof rests on the party making the allegation as well as the defendant maintain the presumption of innocence.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

“The accused can be convicted by the courts by his confessional statement without carrying out a trial.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

“The adversarial system allows a private litigant to settle their dispute amicably outside the court in the trial process.” (Legal, 1997-2016)

Argue for or against the right to a speedy trial, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Provide a rationale to support your response.

The right to a speedy trial is an important element of the criminal justice system established by the Sixth Amendment. (628. Speedy Trial Act of 1974, 2018) I would argue that a speedy trial is important because it saves time for both the courts as well as parties. A Speedy Trial eliminates the spoiling of evidence or the disruption of the case evidence, it will also cause the offenders to feel the responsibility of their crimes and giving the victim a sense of justice being served. (628. Speedy Trial Act of 1974, 2018)

References

628. Speedy Trial Act of 1974. (2018). Retrieved from The United States Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/jm/criminal-resource-manual-628-speedy-trial-act-1974

Law, C. D. (2018, November 19). Double Jeopardy. Retrieved from https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/double+jeopardy

Mark Randall, H. D. (2012, April 24). OLR Research Report. Retrieved from https://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/rpt/2012-R-0172.htm

Police, I. A. (2016, November 29). National Institute of Justice. Retrieved from Police Use of Force in America, 2001: https://www.nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/officer-safety/use-of-force/pages/welcome.aspx