Criminal Law Keyed to Dresslerback
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A student started a small fire in a trash can in the men’s room at his university. His plan was to set off the school’s fire alarms so that he could break into the computer lab and steal a laptop computer while the building was being evacuated. The student was stopped after he had set the fire and was attempting to smash in the glass on the computer lab door. The fire was quickly extinguished and no serious damage was done to the building by the fire beyond some charring on the walls in one stall of the men’s room. A statute in the jurisdiction extends the crime of arson to buildings other than dwellings.
Which of the following best describes the crimes of which the student could be properly convicted?CorrectIncorrect
A woman was released from prison on probation after serving ten years of a sixteen-year sentence. The woman was required to meet with her probation officer every two weeks. She was not permitted to leave the country.
The woman kept to her probation terms and got a good job. She met and fell in love with a man, but never told him of her past life of crime. One day the man told the woman, “Surprise! I purchased tickets for us to fly to the Caribbean for the weekend.” “But I don’t have a passport,” the woman replied. “U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to travel to the Caribbean.” The woman and the man flew to the Caribbean. A violation of the terms of probation is a felony in the jurisdiction.
If the man is charged with being an accessory to violating probation terms, he should be found:CorrectIncorrect
A local ordinance provides that one who “knowingly sells a grade of gasoline differing from the grade advertised is guilty of aggravated larceny.” The defendant owned a franchised gas station. Unbeknownst to the defendant, the gas company filled his 91-octane tank with 89-octane fuel. An inspector discovered the octane difference, and the defendant was charged with aggravated larceny. If a jury believes the defendant’s testimony, will he be found guilty of aggravated larceny?CorrectIncorrect
After drinking two six-packs of beer, a man decided he wanted some pretzels. He drove to the nearest 24-hour convenience store, grabbed a carton of pretzels, and ran outside. Feeling real drunk and real good, the man decided to burn down a neighbor’s house. He lit a match, and the house, unoccupied at the time, burned to the ground.
The applicable statutes provide:
“Larceny is the taking of property from possession of another, without consent, with intent to steal.”
“Arson is the malicious burning of a dwelling.”
The man was charged with larceny and arson.
Which of the following would serve as the man’s best defense to the arson charge?CorrectIncorrect
The defendant kicked the victim, causing severe injuries. The state brought charges against the defendant for assault and battery. In which of the following situations is the defendant LEAST likely to be convicted?CorrectIncorrect
A local bigamy statute provided, “Any person who has a husband or wife and marries another person, or one who marries a person he or she knows has a husband or wife, is guilty of bigamy.” A man and a woman were engaged to be married. The man never told the woman that he was already married. One day the man and the woman shared two bottles of Scotch. The man was feeling very guilty and told the woman he was already married. The woman was so drunk that his words did not register in her mind. The next morning, relieved that the woman did not remember the conversation, the man decided never to tell her of his previous marriage. The woman and the man married. If prosecuted for bigamy under the above listed statutes, the woman should be found:CorrectIncorrect