Classification of Crimes

Classification of Crimes

For this Assignment, read the following scenario, then determine the crimes the individuals in the scenario should be charged with.


Three gang members, Joe, Larry, and Bob, are all convicted felons. The three were speeding in excess of the posted speed limit in a stolen car together when they noticed a group of rival gang members two blocks away. Joe, the front seat passenger, told the others he was going to shoot at the group with a gun he concealed in his waistband; Larry the driver, drove the car closer to their rivals. When the car came to a stop sign, Bob, who was a back seat passenger, exited the car after he told his friends he could not go to jail as he was on parole. Larry then drove past their rivals as Joe fired several shots; one person was killed and one other was shot in the leg.


What crimes, if any, should Joe, Larry and Bob be charged with as a result of their conduct? Be sure to include a discussion of actus reus and mens rea for each person in your analysis.

In the order of seriousness, how would you classify the crimes of each of the individuals in the above scenario? Using your state’s criminal code, describe if each offense would be categorized as a crime against person, property, or public order and the possible range of punishment for each offense.

Answer the questions above in a 2–3-page paper (excluding cover and reference pages) in APA format.

Note: This Assignment requires outside research. Use at least two credible sources beyond the text material and discuss how you evaluated the credibility of the resources used. You may consult the Library, the Internet, the textbook, other course materials, and any other outside resources in supporting your task, using proper citations in APA style.

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