Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Chapter 11: Defenses

Student Self-Assessment Quizzes

Defenses to crimes
A)are required in every case.
B)are unnecessary if the prosecution cannot prove every element of the crime.
C)include that the defendant is not competent to help the attorney in the defense.
D)none of the above.
A scientific and technological development allows _____ evidence to help prove the defendant is guilty or not guilty.
A)lie detector
B)DNA evidence
C)brain wave pattern
D)psychic reading
Which of the following is an example of a defense in which the defendant committed a criminal act, but the act was excusable or justifiable?
Tom pulls out a gun after Sam threatens him with a knife. Sam drops the knife, and Tom then shoots Sam. Tom can successfully use
A)a self-defense claim.
B)an alibi defense.
C)a duress defense.
D)no self-defense claim.
Prosecutors must prove that young defendants understand the difference between right and wrong before proceeding with a prosecution. This is because
A)they must rebut the presumption that young defendants are not capable of committing a crime.
B)young defendants cannot be held legally accountable for their actions.
C)young defendants will be transferred to adult court.
D)young defendants will be tried in juvenile court.
Intoxication is a defense to a crime when the defendant
A)was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing.
B)got drunk to work up the courage to commit the crime.
C)decided to commit the crime and then got drunk.
D)is charged with a crime that has a specific intent element.
The insanity defense applies only if the defendant was insane
A)at the time of the trial.
B)after the trial.
C)at the time of the crime.
D)preceding the crime.
Jane went out to buy drugs. An undercover police officer posing as a drug dealer offers and then sells cocaine to Jane. Jane can
A)claim entrapment because the police officer provided the opportunity to commit the crime.
B)cannot claim entrapment because she would have committed the crime even if the officer had not offered the drugs.
C)claim duress because of her addiction--she needed the drugs.
D)claim necessity because she was compelled to buy the drugs to support her drug habit.
Tina received realistic threats that her husband would be harmed in prison if she did not bring drugs to him during a visit to the prison. Tina smuggles drugs into the prison and is caught. She can claim
D)no defense.
The state charges Chang with killing Hector. Which defense could be used?
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