Chapter 5 Criminal Law
1. What kind of strike does the law not allow to form the basis of self-defense claims?
d. Preemptive Correct
The castle exception is an exception to what doctrine?
a. the retreat doctrine
Which of the following cases involves the “New York Subway Vigilante?”
c. People v. Goetz (1986) Correct
Most defenses are perfect defenses; if they’re successful, defendants are
The retreat requirement is weakest or nonexistent when persons are attacked
b. in their own homes. Correct
The defense of consent recognizes the societal value of
a. individual autonomy. Correct
A defense in which the defendant admits the act but claims that, under the circumstances, they
aren’t legally responsible is called
b. excuse. Correct
A defense in which the defendant accepts responsibility for the act but claims what they did was
right is called
a. justification. Correct
Circumstances that convince fact finders that defendants don’t deserve the maximum penalty for
the crime they’re convicted of are called
c. mitigating circumstances. Correct
Which of the following never justifies the use of force against another person?
At the heart of the choice-of-evils defense is the necessity to prevent
a. imminent danger. Correct
A person who was the initial aggressor can gain a lawful right to self-defense if they do which of the
following from the incident they started?
b. completely withdraw Correct
A person can use deadly force against an attacker whom the victim reasonably believes is going to
cause them an injury less than death. The attacker is said to be threatening
b. serious bodily injury. Correct
What is the heart of self-defense?
a. necessity Correct
The general rule is that self-defense is available only against what type of attacks?