I am currently working as a Victim Assistance Coordinator in a DA's office, so I have been faced with many legal issues and terms. This course helped clear up some things I was uncertain on and also gave me a good grasp of some basic elements of criminal law. Thanks for the down-to-earth style of writing as well!"
I learned a lot of information from this course that I will use on a daily basis at my job."
I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot about criminal law that I did not know before. I am definitely going to take more classes about different aspects of the law. I may even think about a new career in the legal field. Thank you for such an interesting class."
I think having an instructor who has worked in the field & has real life experiences is a plus. I learn & retain more info when I visualize the situations based on real life. Mr. Bevans did a great job & I have decided to take his other course."
The best class I have ever taken. I am now looking forward to more law classes."
This course gave me a lot of information helpful to me in the work I am already doing. I plan to continue my education in this area."
This instructor was able to weave his real life experiences into the course in a very effective way. This was a very pleasant experience for my first online course. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in criminal law. I for one will be taking the rest of the courses offered by this instructor. Thank you!!!"
This was an excellent course. The material is very relevant to my Degree. The instructor was very good and the lessons were very interesting!"
This was a wonderful course and the instructor knows exactly how to explain terminology linked to real life cases that helped so much in understanding the meanings and how cases are decided. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and will be recommending it to the law enforcement agencies. This instructor was excellent and I hope to see him offer more courses."
Very good course. Presented in a way you felt the instructor was in the room with you as you visualized each lesson. Good job, very professional."
Course Code: icl
Examine the basic features of criminal law, including how this area of law differs from every other. You'll find this first look at the important aspects of the American criminal justice system very valuable! Then, you’ll examine the basic elements of a murder case, as well as other crimes against people.
In this lesson, we'll continue our examination into crimes against people by exploring the world of assault and battery as well as kidnapping and stalking. You'll also take a close look at some of the most common myths people believe about prosecuting crimes of violence. Then, examine the roles of principles and accessories, and how prosecutors charge gang members and others who conspire to commit a crime.
Go behind the legal definition to use plain language to define exactly what the elements of rape are, then we'll look at how prosecutors charge sexual offenders. We'll also try to understand child molestation and the impact that these crimes have on their victims. Then, explore the crimes of burglary and fraud.
In this lesson, you'll learn how prosecutors and police investigate, charge, and convict people who sell narcotics. We’ll examine in detail the concepts of possession of illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine, and other illegal substances. You’ll also learn the basic steps to follow to bring a bribery or obstruction of justice charge.
Go beyond what television presents and see how a real trial proceeds from start to finish. Then examine the role of different defenses and dispel some common myths about criminal defenses.
Step behind the headlines and examine the real details—not only about how to raise an insanity defense, but also looking at what the statistics have to say about the success of this defense. Finally, you’ll conclude the course with a look at the appeals process.
Neal Bevans is a former Assistant District Attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for over 10 years. He has also presented numerous seminars to medical professionals about the legal field, including training seminars for legal nurse consultants and sexual assault nurse examiners. In addition to practicing real estate law, he also worked as a title examiner and bought and sold real estate investment properties. An author of fiction and nonfiction material, his textbook Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals, was published in 2002. His second textbook, Tort Law for Legal Assistants, was published in 2003. He has also published numerous magazine articles about many aspects of the legal and medical fields, including articles focusing on developing a legal nurse consulting practice. He is also a contributing columnist to Legal Assistant Today magazine.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.