Criminal Law for Police Officers

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This book presents a general approach to substantive criminal law focusing on legal principles in plain English without the use of legalese and footnotes. Thought-provoking questions reinforce reader comprehension and increase reader interest. The volume discusses the historical background and fundamentals of criminal law, jurisdiction, the criminal act, the mental element, criminal responsibility, specific crimes including assault, homicide, sex offenses, theft and robbery, forgery, false imprisonment, as well ...
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Overview

This book presents a general approach to substantive criminal law focusing on legal principles in plain English without the use of legalese and footnotes. Thought-provoking questions reinforce reader comprehension and increase reader interest. The volume discusses the historical background and fundamentals of criminal law, jurisdiction, the criminal act, the mental element, criminal responsibility, specific crimes including assault, homicide, sex offenses, theft and robbery, forgery, false imprisonment, as well as crimes involving narcotic drugs and alcoholic beverages, extortion, blackmail, and bribery, offenses by and against juveniles and organized, white collar and commercial crimes. For law enforcement professionals.
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This primer on criminal law describes the field's historical development, identifies its fundamental principles, discusses elements like jurisdiction, the criminal act, the mental component, mitigating factors, and details various types of crime. Specific chapters discuss: assault, homicide, sex offenses, theft, robbery, burglary, arson, forgery, false imprisonment and kidnapping, drug offenses, extortion and bribery, offenses by and against juveniles, traffic offenses, crimes affecting the judicial process, public order offenses, and organized and corporate crime. Humorous anecdotes appear throughout, but add little of substance. Civil rights abuses and crimes by police receive only cursory treatment. Chamelin is an assistant state attorney in Leon County, Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133085785
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Historical Background of Criminal Law 1
2 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 9
3 Jurisdiction 22
4 The Criminal Act 35
5 The Mental Element 59
6 Matters Affecting Criminal Responsibility 70
7 Assault and Related Crimes 107
8 Homicide 116
9 Sex Offenses and Offenses to the Family Relationship 136
10 Theft and Commercial Offenses 162
11 Robbery 187
12 Burglary and Related Offenses 195
13 Arson 205
14 Forgery and Related Offenses 212
15 False Imprisonment, Abduction, and Kidnapping 222
16 Crimes Involving Narcotic Drugs and Alcoholic Beverages 233
17 Extortion, Blackmail, and Bribery 243
18 Traffic Offenses 249
19 Crimes Affecting Judicial Process 262
20 Crimes Against Public Order 277
21 Organized Crime 293
Glossary 304
Index 309
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Preface

In this eighth edition, I have taken to heart some recommendations of ewers, past and present, and have expanded the material on juveniles and placed it in a new chapter entitled "Offenses By and Against Juveniles." In addition, new material has been added concerning carjacking, contraband forfeiture, environmental crimes, computer crimes, and other topics, in hopes of bringing the substantive law into focus with changing and evolving developments.

I have added key words and phrases at the beginnings of each chapter and glossaries at the ends to aid in a clear understanding of the materials. As is emphasized in the first chapter when discussing language and communication, the success of this text as a learning aid depends on my ability as a writer to ensure that you understand the words as I mean them.

In this edition, I have expanded the references to states that assume one position or another on legal issues, used actual quotes from statutes in more jurisdictions, added more thought-provoking questions in the text and at chapter ends, and added some additional anecdotes to liven up the subject.

My thanks to the reviewers of this book and their helpful suggestions. They are: Daniel Ford, Cameron University Lawton, OK; Bob Walsh, University of Houston/Downtown, Houston, TX; Ellen Cohn, Florida International University, Miami, FL; and Daniel S. Campagna, Aurora University, Aurora, IL. A very special thanks goes to the dedicated law students at Florida State University who spent hours researching and verifying materials to assist me in this effort. They are: Brian Stabley Diane Whiddon, Rob Rogers, and Tequisha Myles.

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