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Criminal law in plain-English.
The criminal justice system becomes increasingly complex each year with new laws affecting legal processes.The Criminal Law Handbook explains every part of a criminal case including:
arrests booking preliminary hearings charges bail arraignment search and seizure plea bargains sentencing juveniles
The revised 12th edition covers the latest changes in criminal and U.S Supreme Court cases. Written by the authors of Represent Yourself in Court, Paul Bergman, J.D. and Sara Berman, J.D.
An excellent and balanced guide to the state court criminal justice process, this book does not detail the differences of being charged in federal court, such as federal sentencing guidelines. Authors Bergman (Reel Justice, LJ 6/1/96) and Berman-Barrett, also a criminal attorney, use a question-and-answer format to cover cases from police investigations through appeals. The book is not intended to replace legal advice, and the authors stress the importance of obtaining representation, unlike Michael Saeger in Defend Yourself Against Criminal Charges (LJ 10/1/97), a recent, inferior guide. A worthy addition to all libraries that will instruct those interested in the criminal justice system.
1: Talking to the Police
2: Search and Seizure: When the Police Can Search for and Seize Evidence
3: Arrest: When It Happens, What It Means
4: Police Procedures to Help Eyewitnesses Identify Suspects
5: Booking and Bail: Checking In and Checking Out of Jail
6: From Suspect to Defendant: How Crimes Get Charged
7: Criminal Defense Lawyers: Who They Are, What They Do, How to Find One
8: Understanding the Attorney-Client Relationship in a Criminal Case
9: A Walk Through Criminal Court
11: Developing the Defense Strategy
12: Crimespeak: Understanding the Language of Criminal Laws
13: Defensespeak: Common Defenses to Criminal Charges
14: Discovery: Exchanging Information With the Prosecution
15: Investigating the Facts
16: Preliminary Hearings
17: Fundamental Trial Rights of the Defense
18: Basic Evidence Rules in Criminal Trials
19: Motions and Their Role in Criminal Cases
20: Plea Bargains: How Most Criminal Cases End
21: The Trial Process
22: Sentencing: How the Court Punishes Convicted Defendants
23: Appeals: Seeking Review by a Higher Court
24: How the Criminal Justice System Works: A Walk Through Two Drunk Driving Cases
25: Juvenile Courts and Procedures
26: Prisoner’s Rights27: Looking Up the Law
Posted July 26, 2006
I have decided that I want to be a private defense attorney when I am an adult and so when I saw this book I got it immediatly. This book gives Q&A about a lot of topics and case examples. Anyone interested into knowing the law and your rights should read this book!
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