Jan 152013

The subject of criminal law is part of our daily news. It is an area that affects all of us. Not only is it an interesting area of law, but one where a person can work in and achieve success. In the AIPS Criminal law online paralegal class you will learn about the different crimes against the person like robbery and crimes against property like theft. Learning the various motions in a criminal case is also crucial. Many motions are based on constitutional guarantees which may severely affect the outcome of a criminal case. It is important for a criminal law paralegal to know what to do during the pre-trial steps of a criminal case.

The Criminal online paralegal class covers the steps of a criminal case starting from the arrest all the way to sentencing. Specific things such as jury selection are even covered. Did you know that there are several factors to consider in jury selection? You have to consider the effects of age, race, nationality, economic and education level, language barriers and gender. Voir dire is the process where jurors are questioned in order to discover any biases on the part of prospective jurors and to find persons who might identify with the plights of their respective client. During voir dire, the attorneys can exercise a certain number of challenges to prevent particular persons from being allowed to serve on the jury. After both sides have completed their challenges, those jurors who have been excused are permitted to leave. The remaining jurors, those found to be acceptable by both attorneys, become part of the jury.

One of the most intriguing topics in the Criminal online paralegal class is the death penalty. Some say the death penalty serves as a general deterrence since it discourages others from perpetrating crimes. However, many murders occur as the result of some type of passion, perpetrators may not actually analyze the likelihood of getting caught, convicted, and sentenced to death prior to committing the crime. Yet, proponents of the death penalty believe many more crimes would be committed but are deterred by the threat of the death penalty.

So do you want to learn more? If so, then sign up for the AIPS Criminal law online paralegal class! To find out more information on the Criminal law online paralegal class visit the curriculum page of the AIPS website (www.aips.com) at http://www.aips.com/advanced-courses/course-descriptions/

Janet Russeth, J.D.
AIPS Instructor

  •  January 15, 2013
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