Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal / Edition 4

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Thorough yet succinct, CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE FOR THE PARALEGAL: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, 4th Edition equips readers with a solid understanding of the principles of criminal law as well as the skills for daily practice in a law office. It delivers an excellent blend of theory with practice as it presents material in a clear, logical, outline format. It also provides opportunities for readers to apply both critical thinking and law-office practice skills. The text enriches learning by providing insights into crime, punishment, criminal justice standards for prosecution, defense, and the court, and the competing policies behind the law and judicial decisions.

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"Another strength of the McCord text is the use of case law throughout the text...the exhibits in the text are wonderful...The internet exercises are extremely well put-together. The exercises also force the student to use real life applicability to solve problems...Even without the addition of the FRE in the appendix I would adopt this text because it has proved to be a more comprehensive text that the one that I am currently using."

"I absolutely love the cases. They provide a great foundational resource to work with during the course of a term or semester. So many texts overlook the value of case scenarios and it's great to see them incorporated into the text as the author has done. This, in my mind, is one thing that truly distinguishes this text from the average text on the market."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435440166
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 642
  • Sales rank: 338,268
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Prof. McCord is past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law".

C. Suzanne Bailey practiced law for several years prior to becoming a professor. Throughout her teaching career she has taught criminal procedure, evidence, current issues in the courts, civil law, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, legal research and a variety of special topic courses. Professor Bailey has published a number of articles over the course of her career and has previously co-authored the book, Constitutional Law. She is currently an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Table of Exhibits. Table of Cases . Preface. 1. Foundations of Criminal Law. 2. Administration of Criminal Justice and the Role of the Paralegal. 3. Components of a Crime. 4. Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Habitation. 5. Crimes Against Property, Public Order and Safety, Public Morals, and Justice and 6. Inchoate and Organized Crimes. 7. Defenses. 8. Intake and Drafting the Complaint. 9. Search and Seizure: History, Warrant Requirements, Legislative Developments and 10. Search and Seizure: Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement. 11. Confessions and Pretrial Identification Procedures. 12. Pretrial: Initial Appearance to Preliminary Hearing. 13. Pretrial: Grand Jury to Pretrial Conference. 14. Trial: Rights, Procedure, Tasks. 15. Sentencing, Punishment, and Review. Appendix A: System Folder Contents. Appendix B: Excerpts from the Constitution of the United States of America. Glossary. Spanish glossary. Index.

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