Crimes against Property
Select ONE Crime Against Property (ie. Burglary, Arson, Larceny, Embezzlement, Fraud, Robbery, etc.) Research a state and its statute concerning a Crime against Property and explain the elements needed to prove the case. (See Legal Research Link or the Webliography area) Research the historical common law for that crime and explain the elements. (See Text and the web.) Based on your research, compare the state criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved. Write a short essay, at least 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today.