Criminal Law



Chapter Powerpoint/Lecture notes and Review answers


1st day assignment -

Article Requirements

    Specific Articles

Chpt 5 Research

Verdicts & Settlements

Rulings that Affect YOU

Drunk Driving in Michigan or Drunk Driving

Chpt 7 Web Assignment

Crime Stats Web Sites

Chapter 10 -- Research Topics

Chpt 11 - Defenses -- statutes

Chpt 15 - Sentences - Capital Punishment Research/Opinion

Chpt 16 - Juvenile Justice

Movie Discussion questions

Chapter PowerPoint

Ms. Karen Hurley ● Grosse Ile High School ● 734 362-2436 ● email: BACK TO HOME PAGE

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Class: Criminal Law


Description:  Students will learn the structure of the court systems, their legal rights and responsibilities, and the class may be tailored to the interests of the students.  This class provides students ample knowledge of our criminal legal system through lectures, readings, discussions, videos, guest speakers and special projects.  We will visit the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice to view criminal cases in action.  The class will perform a mock trial, as well as learn the forensic process of fingerprinting and blood spatter.Guest speakers will be brought in to address students’ concerns relating to the laws.  Field trips may be an added feature.



Arbetman and O’Brien, Street Law – A Course in Practical Law,7th Edition, West Educational Publishing, 2005.  Workbook for Street Law.





Topics Covered

Chapter 1 What is Law?
Chapter 4 Settling Disputes
Chapter 5 The Court Systems
Chapter 6 Lawyers

Chapter 7 Crime in America
Chapter 8 Introduction to Criminal Law
Chapter 9 Crimes Against the Person
Chapter 10 Crimes Against Property
Chapter 11 Defenses
Chp 12 The Criminal Justice Process: The Investigation Phase
Chp 13 The Criminal Justice Process: Proceedings Before Trial
Chapter 14 Criminal Justice Process: The Trial
Chapter 15 Criminal Justice Process: Sentencing & Corrections
Chapter 16 Juvenile Justice

Chapter 42 The Right to Privacy
Chapter 43 Discrimination
Chapter 44 Rights & Responsibilities in the Workplace

Objective:  Provide a basic understanding to the student about their legal rights and responsibilities, knowledge of everyday legal problems, and the ability to analyze, evaluate, and, in some situations, resolve legal disputes.


What to bring to class:  Book, binder with loose leaf--no spiral bound, writing instrument and YOURSELF


Grading Scale:  See student handbook


Percentage Weight of Work

45 – Reviews/Homework/Worksheets

35 – Test

15 - Quizzes

5 – Law Articles



Due dates of homework will be announced.  The work is expected on the assigned date—at the beginning of class.  IF ATTENDING CLASS ON THE DAY AN ASSIGNMENT IS DUE and you were here the prior day or knew about the due date AND THE WORK IS NOT DONE A ZERO WILL BE GIVEN.  NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.   You are responsible for obtaining make-up work on the day you return to school.   When absent only one day, the assignment is due the day after you return to class.  See me for extended absences make-up work.  All homework should have your name, date, class period and assignment name.


In-Class Work

This work is to be done while in class and is expected on my desk at the end of class.  Students who skip class will not be permitted to make up in-class work.



All tests will be announced.  If you miss a test or quiz and were aware of the test/quiz date, it needs to be taken the next day.  If you are out for an extended period, a plan will be set up to make up tests/quizzes. Quizzes will not necessarily be announced.   Please refer to "Rule" section, #2.



You are considered tardy if you are not in the door when the bell rings.  The fourth tardy will cause a 30 minute dentention with me and a communicate with you and a parent about the importance of being on time.  The fifth tardy, you'll be sent to see the Ass't Principal.


Criminal Law Articles

You may be assigned to review a current article dealing with the laws of the current chapter or criminal law in general.  It is acceptable to use the Internet to find your article; however, you must print the article (for points) to turn in with your summary.  Class time will be given to complete these.  Articles will be assigned through the semester.


1.  When the instructor is talking, you are listening.  The same courtesy will be extended to you. 

2. When you have an excused absence it is your responsibility to obtain a homework request sheet AND hand in ALL missed assignments, homework and take tests within three school days.  Try to make arrangements to write missed tests before or after school.  Failure to follow the above steps will result in a zero.  If it is an invalid absence, you will receive a zero for work and tests missed.   It is your responsibility to find out what assignments were made during your absence. 

3.  No food or drink in class. 

4. All assignments must be completed according to the directions and must be turned in on the due date.  Each day it is late is 10% off the received grade.

Computer Equipment

  • Please treat the computer equipment in the classroom as if it was your own--your equipment, your responsibility.
    • Any intentional damage or misuse of computer equipment will not be tolerated and may result in removal from class.
  • The Internet will be used for classroom projects, research, and email. 
  • No games/no movies
    • One hour of detention will be assigned per violation.  On third offense, a meeting with the ass’t. principal will occur and possible expulsion from the classroom.
  • Students may not download or install software of any kind. 
  • You may not change any settings on the computers without specific permission from the teacher—that includes screen size, background pictures, etc.

Saving Data

All data must be saved to your G: drive.  Do not save to the C: drive.  The computers will be reprogrammed several times during the semester without notice and all work on the C: drive is erased during reprogramming.

Consequences For Not Adhering to Equipment Policies and Rules:

1st offense:  A verbal warning will be issued

2nd offense:  Student will stay after class to discuss the matter and identify the problem.  Detention may be served

3rd offense:  Removal from the class and a conference between the student, the ass’t principal and teacher.  At this time a decision will be made as to whether the parents need to be called to arrange a conference.



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