Category Archives: Criminal Laws US

Interested in the knowledge of the American criminal system and law? We at Legal Bites provide you with a deep conceptual understanding of various criminal law issues, provisions etc. governing the United States.

Causation and Harm as elements

This article titled ‘Causation and Harm as elements’ is written by Nilanjana Banerjee and discusses their importance as the elements of a crime. I. Introduction Criminal acts have three elements and two of them are sine qua non for every crime. An act comprising of criminal act and intent are at times also known as ‘conduct’. Model penal code… Read More »

The Burden of Proof in the US Criminal Justice System

This article on ‘The Burden of Proof in the US Criminal Justice System’ is written by Nilanjana Banerjee and discusses what the burden of proof means, the standard of burden of proof in several cases, the tools for the burden of proof etc. I. Introduction US Criminal Justice System follows the principle of ‘presumed innocent until proven guilty and therefore… Read More »

Is Over Criminalisation a problem in the USA?

This article titled ‘Is Over Criminalisation a problem in the USA?’ is written by Nilanjana Banerjee and discuss the overuse of law i.e. over- criminalisation in the context of the USA. I. Introduction There is no doubt about how important laws are in our society. But the answer to ‘what is law’[1] is the toughest one, while that… Read More »

Terrorism in the USA

This article titled ‘Terrorism in the USA’ is written by Antariksh Anant and centres around terrorism: the purposeful use—or threat—of violence by non-state entertainers to accomplish political objectives and make a broad mental impact. I. Introduction In the wake of the September 11, 2001 fear based oppressor assaults on the U.S., the threat of aggressor Islamic terrorism –… Read More »

Solicitation As Inchoate Crime

This article by Nilanjana Banerjee presents an overview of Solicitation as an Inchoate Crime and provides an insight into the possible defences, that could be employed. Crimes have two basic elements i.e. actus reus and mens rea. However, there are aspects of crime that are at a primary stage, which calls for a law that punishes unfinished acts… Read More »

Introduction to US Criminal Justice System

This article on, “Introduction to US Criminal Justice System” by Antariksh Anant focuses on what elements make up crime in the US and the classification of crimes and punishment exclusively in the country of the United States of America. No nation can ever be perfect. There are bound to be some deviant activities. But not all deviant activity can… Read More »

Punishments and their Purposes in US

This article on ‘Punishments and their Purposes in US’ written by Nilanjana Banerjee focuses on the purpose of the punishments, the philosophy behind it and the consequences. Crimes ( as defined by Oxford Dictionary) are ‘an action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law’[1]. The definition itself includes the role of punishment and thus… Read More »

Gun Control in United States | Explained

This article, ‘Gun Control in United States’ by Antariksh Anant starts with examining the gun debate in America which is often framed as a stand-off between two immutable positions with little potential to move ahead with meaningful legislative reform. Attempts to resolve this impasse have been thwarted by thinking about gun ownership attitudes as based on rational choice… Read More »