ADJ 2522 - California Statutory Law

Spring 2015 (Section #3390)

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This course is an in-depth study and application of California criminal statutes and other substantive laws commonly encountered by the municipal, county, or state police officer, investigator or other criminal justice employee. A direct emphasis on California Penal Codes and applicable court cases will be studied. This course is transferable to CSU and is applicable to the COS AA Degree in Administration of Justice.

The course objectives are:
The student will learn the historical development of California statutory law and understand the purpose of criminal law and its function in society. Emphasis will be on learning criminal codes and identifying criminal behavior. Students will demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of commonly encountered crimes through written assignments, assessments and by applying the appropriate criminal codes to various scenarios.

The course content will progress on a weekly basis (approximately) through the following topics:

  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Classification of Crimes and Penalties
  • Elements of Crime and Corpus Delicti
  • Capacity to Commit Crime - Insanity Defense / Parties to a Crime / Conspiracy / Obstruction of Justice
  • Property Crimes - Theft, Burglary, Embezzlement, Forgery
  • Property Crimes - Arson, Vandalism
  • Crimes Against the Person: Assault, Battery, Robbery, Kidnapping, Extortion
  • Crimes Against the Person: Homicide
  • Sex Crimes
  • Child Abuse / Elder Abuse
  • Dangerous Weapons Laws
  • Controlled Substances and Alcohol Abuse Crimes
  • Offenses Against the Public Peace / Miscellaneous Offenses (Fish and Game Code, Vehicle Code, etc.)
  • Juvenile Law and Procedure
  • Computer/Internet Crimes

Required text: California Criminal Law Concepts, 2014 Edition, by Derald Hunt and Devallis Rutledge |  Pearson Learning Solutions  |  ISBN: 978-1-269-65553-8. To minimize the costs associated with purchasing new text books, older editions of the text may be used for this class. However, laws change frequently and older texts will not reflect current changes to the law. I will provide updated information in the Modules to notify students of current changes in the law. If you choose to use an older text, it is imperative that you read these notifications to ensure you obtain current information!

If you have any questions you can email the instructor, Michele Korkowski at

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