A principle of law that refers to those situations where the actor does not intend any harm but should have known taht his or her behavior created a high risk of harm to others.
elements of a crime
The parts of a crime that the prosectuion must establish to obtain a conviction. If any one element of a crime cannot be established by the prosection, then a finding of not guilty must be entered as to that crime.
A concept emplyed by the courts to explain the required criminal intent for a defendant to be convicted of a certain crime, by which the government is not required to prove that the defendant intended to bring about a particular intent.
acts that are crime sonly because the government has declared them criminal. Acts that are not inherently bad: for example, hunting without a license, prostitution, gambing.
The unconcious creation of risk, or the mental sate in which the actor unknowingly creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to others.
strict liability crimes
Those crimes that reqire no proof of culpabiity or state of mind and are justified on the basis of the need to encourage extremely high standards of care for the protection of the public.