StudiGuide 5: Introduction to California Criminal Law

Study Guide for the California Police Academy (P.O.S.T.) Written Examination
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

This StudiGuide course provides a practice review-testing resource for police academy cadets (based on the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training 'POST' requirements) to help understand and pass the POST written examinations.

After review and study of this StudiGuide, you will be able to IDENTIFY:

  • the relationship among Constitutional law, Statutory law and Case law
  • the basic elements common to all crimes
  • the basic elements required of an attempt to commit a crime
  • the three classes of crime as a Felony, Misdemeanor and Infraction
  • the people legally incapable of committing a crime

You will be able to RECALL the statutory definition of a crime

You will be able to DIFFERENTIATE between:

  • letter of the law and the spirit of the law
  • criminal and civil law
  • criminal intent and criminal negligence
  • three parties to a crime, to include Principals, Accessories and Accomplices 

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have a copy of the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) workbook and review it prior to starting a StudiGuide course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this StudiGuide course, students will be able to understand the California Criminal Justice System.
  • Students will be able to understand the basic concepts of California Criminal Law.
  • Students will, after careful study and review of this course, will be able to have a better understanding for the testing and passing of the State of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) basic police academy written examination.

What is the target audience?

  • Students who want to maximize their study time while attending a police academy in the state of California.
  • Students who want a clearer understanding of the material they will be tested on while attending a police academy.
  • Our StudiGuides are an eLearning experience that short-cuts the normal "study groups" at home with the fundamental, straight forward, no-nonsense knowledge required, in a practical setting; your home, vehicle or other study place.

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Curriculum

Section 1: StudiGuide 5: How To Pass This Written Examination
02:02

Students will understand the nature and format of questions that may appear on the California POST police academy written examinations for this course.

Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the POST workbooks and find out other information via the POST website.

Test Taking Tips
04:27
07:15

Students will understand the California POST police academy written examinations Multiple-Choice Test Taking Tips.

01:53

Students will be able to ask any question, leave comments and/or rate this course for the benefit of others.

Section 2: StudiGuide 5: OVERVIEW to Introduction to California Criminal Law
01:17

Students will be given an overview of this course, what will be covered and how it will be covered.

Section 3: StudiGuide 5: Constitutional, Statutory, and Case Law
02:02

Students will be able to identify the relationship among Constitutional Law, Statutory Law and Case Law. 

10 questions

Lecture Review Questions.

Section 4: StudiGuide 5: Distinctions in California Law
01:02

Students will differentiate between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

01:05

Students will differentiate between criminal and civil law.

10 questions

Lecture Review Questions.

Section 5: StudiGuide 5: California Criminal Law
00:59

Students will be able to recall the statutory definition of a crime per Penal Code 15.

01:02

Students will identify the basic elements common to all crimes.

00:31

Students will identify the basic elements required of an attempt to commit a crime.

01:34

Students will discuss general, specific, and transferred intent crimes, including criminal negligence.

00:36

Students will differentiate between criminal intent and criminal negligence.

10 questions

Lecture Review Questions.

Section 6: StudiGuide 5: California Criminal Prosecution
00:50

Students will identify three classes of crimes as a felony, misdemeanor or an infraction.

01:35

Students will differentiate among the three parties to a crime, as principals, accessories and accomplices.

01:42

Students will identify people legally incapable of committing a crime per Penal Code 27.

10 questions

Lecture Review Questions.

Section 7: Ending
00:56

Course Ending and StudiGuide 5 Course PDF

Section 8: StudiGuide 5: Final Review Questions for introduction to Criminal Law
60 questions

Course Review Questions.

Section 9: Bonus
Additional Resources
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Instructor Biography

Michael Rubacha, California Police Academy Study Guide Presenter

Michael "Andy" Rubacha

I began my career in law enforcement in 1988 and retired from Los Angeles County. Throughout my County law enforcement career, I have taken on collateral tasks as trainer, instructor and mentor to fellow law enforcement personnel of all ranks.

I have attended the LAPD Law Enforcement West Point Leadership Program and numerous other supervisory, management, and instructor training courses in law enforcement. I have obtained my Basic, Intermediate, Advance, Supervisory and Management POST certificates. As a college instructor, I have taught Criminal Justice to students interested in the field of law enforcement. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I have taken a keen interest in newly hired police trainees to mentor them for success. I have also facilitated career / promotional preparation courses for the past fifteen+ years.

Additionally, I was a member of the Air Force (Security Police), a Veteran of Desert Storm, and a life-member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 9148, having served as Post Commander and Senior Vice-Post Commander.

I have volunteered my time for more than fifteen years to coordinate and teach study groups for police academy (including Module D and re-certification) recruits/students. Over 1000 students attended my study groups. My desire is to continue benefiting the student/recruit in being successful to become the next generation police officer.

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