Criminal Law (Spring Semester Only)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 222

       Course Name: Criminal Law (Spring Semester Only)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues LAE 221.  Content includes principles of arrest, search and seizure; evaluation of evidence and admissibility; identification and classification of criminal offenses; court decisions, and the Illinois Criminal Code and courtroom and criminal trial procedures.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the end of this course a student will understand the workings of the entire Court System in Illinois and of the United States Supreme Court. The student will understand the substantive law and how procedural law governs the substantive law. The student will understand the concept of probable cause and its use in Criminal Justice for the arrest situation and warrant situation.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1. Introduction to Course
2. Criminal Liability
3. Defenses to Criminal Liability
4. Use of Force
5. Homicide
6. Sex offenders
7. Sex offenders; Review Mid-Term
9. Crimes Against Habitation
10. Crimes Against Habitation
11. Crimes Against Property
12. Crimes Against Property
13. Crimes Against Property
14. Criminal Procedures
15. Criminal Procedures
16. Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion/Audio Visual
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Two exams, class participation and attendance

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at