Le droit pénal dépend de la jurisdiction et la définition d'un crime peuvent différer considérablement d'un pays à l'autre. En général, les définitions des crimes peuvent être trouvés dans le code pénal d'un pays. En revanche, les aspects procéduraux du système de justice criminelle se trouvent dans le Code de procédure pénale. Tous ces crimes seraient considérés comme mala in se parce que chacun est un tort intrinsèquement. Cependant, tous les pays ont des crimes qui sont également considérés comme malum prohibitum, un crime qui est un tort simplement pour une violation d'une norme législative. Voici une list d'exemples de quelques-uns des crimes mala in se les plus courants qui sont présents dans presque tous les systèmes de justice pénale dans le monde entier.
Liste des crimes
- Crimes contre la personne
- Crimes Against Property
- False Pretense
- Identity Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Crimes Against "Public Order"
- Disturbing the Peace
- Idecent Exposure and other minor sex crimes
- Possession or sale of controlled substances
- Possession of Firearm
- Crimes inchoatifes
- Outrage criminel
- Obstruction à la justice
- Crimes contre l'État
- Crimes d'administration
- Crimes de droit international
Determining Criminal Liability
Even though this basic list of crimes is almost universally accepted around the globe, the basic approach to determining criminal liability varies from one jurisdiction to the next. There are at least three basic approaches that have gained prominence: the American Common Law approach, The Model Pensl Code approach and the German or Continental approach used in many civil law countries.
Common Law Definition of a Crime
In order for a crime to have been committed, certain elements must be fulfilled. The exact definition of what constitutes a crime can differ from country to country.
As a general rule, every crime has two main elements:
In addition, their must be:
- Concurrence of Actus Reus and Mens Rea
Analysis can take place in any order.
In addition, each crime itself can be broken down to elements. In the United States, the prosecution is generally required to prove | that the defendant had the requisite mental state for each element in order to prove the crime.
Model Penal Code Definition of a Crime
The American Law Institute's continues to have great influence in the United States and in other common law countries around the world. The Model Penal Code take a somewhat different approach to criminal liability than traditional common law, although they are very similar. In order for criminal liability to exist, the Model Penal Code requires the following elements to be proven:
- Conduct that
- inflicts or threatens
- substantial harm to individual or public interests
- without justification
- without excuse
German Definition of a Crime
Contintental and German academics and lawyers have a slightly different approach to determining criminal culpability. Rather than the common law dichtomoy of Mens Rea and Actus Reus, German thinkers tend to analyze culpability as having three elements:
In order to determine criminal liability german lawyers must analyze these three elements in order.When analyzing the first stage, the lawyer will determine whether there has been a voluntary act, a violation of a norm, causation, and damages. If these exist, a crime will exist and the defendant is presumed to have wrongfully acted. The defendant can then overcome this presumption by showing that the conduct was somehow justified. If the defendant is unable to rebut the presumption of wrongdoing, the judge will analyze the final stage to determine legal culpability. Culpability can be negated by a showing of an excuse. If the defendant is unable to negate culpability, he is guilty of the crime.
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