This Capsule Summary is intended for review at the end of the semester. Reading it is not a substitute for mastering the material in the main outline. Numbers in brackets refer to the pages in the main outline where the topic is discussed. The order of topics is occasionally somewhat different from that in the main outline.
Chapter 1 SOME BASIC ISSUES IN CRIMINAL LAW
I. A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL LAW
A. Felonies vs. misdemeanors: Modern criminal statutes typically divide crimes into two broad categories: felonies and misdemeanors.  A good general rule, at least for state as opposed to federal crimes, is that: