Law 101 [NOOK Book]


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Law 101 is an essential reference that explains:
-how laws are made
-how the court system works and
-how each area of the law impacts your daily life.

Key information for important questions:
-How does a lawsuit begin?
-What is the difference in civil and criminal law?
-When do state laws trump federal laws?
-What makes a contract solid?
-What can you expect if called as a juror?
-What can you expect if called as a witness?
-And other complex areas of the law that you need to know.

No home reference shelf is complete without this indispensable information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402234521
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 338,199
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brien A. Roche is a practicing attorney in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He has been practicing law since 1976. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and a graduate of the George Washington University Law School. After college, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and thereafter served as a patrol officer with the Washington, D.C. police department (known as the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C.).

Since 1976, Mr. Roche has been engaged in the general practice of law in the tri-state area surrounding Washington, D.C. Licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, his litigation practice incorporates all facets of the law.

He is the author of two professional legal texts that are published by Lexis Publishing Company. The Virginia Tort Case Finder, is a title well-recognized by Virginia lawyers and judges. The second book, The Virginia Domestic Relations Case Finder, is a must-have reference for all family law practicioners in the state of Virginia.

In addition, Mr. Roche has also authored several articles in legal publications and has lectured at numerous continuing legal education seminars around the state of Virginia.
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Inside the Juvenile Justice System

Excerpted from Law 101 by Brien A. Roche, Attorney at Law ©2004

Juvenile Court is sometimes referred to by lawyers and law enforcement officers as Kiddie Court. The Juvenile Court in some jurisdictions, however, can be more than simply what the name may imply. In some jurisdictions, it may actually be a type of
Family Court wherein all different types of family disputes may be resolved. This chapter will not deal with family law issues, but rather simply deal with issues of juvenile justice.

The logic behind the juvenile court system in the United States is that because juveniles are underage, they should be dealt with in a different fashion than adults. In many jurisdictions, juvenile offenses are not even referred to as criminal offenses. Juvenile records in most jurisdictions are strictly confidential and are not subject to public access either by means of subpoena or other inquiry. As such, a juvenile arrested and processed through the Juvenile Court does not have to report that offense on a job application or other type of inquiry unless directly asked about it since the inquiry itself is not going to be subject to any public confirmation.

Proceedings in Juvenile Court are all conducted by a judge with no jury present. For certain types of offenses, however, a juvenile may be transferred to the adult system and may be tried as an adult with all the consequences that might apply to an adult. (That type of treatment is generally reserved for more serious offenses.)

An offense in Juvenile Court is generally handled in a somewhat informal fashion. There may be a prosecutor present in Juvenile Court. Thatprosecutor represents the interest of the government or the victim. The prosecutor may present evidence in front of the judge who then hears from the defense and renders a decision. That decision normally consists of a finding of whether the juvenile is involved and if so there may be some punishment imposed. That punishment may consist simply of a monetary fine, performing some community service, or for more extreme circumstances, confinement to a juvenile home for a period of time.

The thrust of the juvenile court system is to be instructive and rehabilitative-to instruct the juvenile as to the error of his or her ways and to assist him or her with rehabilitation. That is dramatically different from the thrust of the adult court system, which may have an element of rehabilitation about it, but is more oriented toward a finding of guilt or innocence and then punishing the guilty.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Section 1 Where Our Laws Come From
Chapter 1 Constitutional Law 3
The U.S. Constitution is a Compact
The Articles of the Constitution
The Bill of Rights
The Fourteenth Amendment
Other Amendments
State Constitutions
Chapter 2 Statutory Law 11
Chapter 3 Case Law 15
Federal Courts
Types of Cases
State Courts
Case Law
The Status of the Court
Chapter 4 Administrative Law 27
Rule Making Process
Code of Federal Regulations
State Rules
Rules for the Legal Profession
Legal Analysis
Section 2 The Court System
Chapter 5 Civil Litigation 35
Civil Justice in the State Court System
Filing Suit
Serving the Suit Papers
Response by the Defendant
Pretrial and Trial
Voir Dire
Opening Statement
Presentation of Evidence
Jury Instructions
Posttrial Motions
Court Rules
Civil Justice in the Federal Court System
Personal Jurisdiction
State Court vs. Federal Court
Chapter 6 Criminal Law and Procedure 61
Constitutional Protections
Exclusionary Rule
Criminal Procedure
Probable Cause
Miranda Rights
Judicial Review of Arrest
First Court Appearance
Pretrial Proceedings
Felonies and Misdemeanors
Jury Trial
Right of Confrontation
Standard of Proof
Double Jeopardy
Habeas Corpus
Criminal Justice in the Federal Court System
Chapter 7 Criminal Law and Specific Crimes 79
Personal Crimes and Victimless Crimes
Property Crimes
Strict Liability and Vicarious Liability
Actus Reus
Attempted Crime
Chapter 8 Juvenile Law 89
Teen Rights
Parental Responsibility
Chapter 9 What to Expect if Called as a Juror 93
Chapter 10 What to Expect if Called as a Witness 97
Section 3 Areas of the Law
Chapter 11 Contracts 101
Offer and Acceptance
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
Statute of Frauds
Defenses to Contracts
Parol Evidence
Conditions to Performance
Payment of Attorney's Fees
Material Breach
Other Contract Theories
Recoverable Damages
Liquidated Damages
Equitable Relief
Checklist for Contracts
Chapter 12 Torts 117
Motor Vehicle Accident
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Standard of Care
Attractive Nuisance
Res Ipsa Loquitur
Vicarious Liability
Strict Liability
Intentional Torts
Joint and Several Liability
Comparative and Contributory Negligence
Wrongful Death Actions
Chapter 13 Domestic Relations 137
Corroboration Requirement
Change of Custody
Adoption and Paternity
Child Support
Spousal Support
Property Division
Prenuptial and Property Settlement Agreements
Chapter 14 Landlord/Tenant Rights 147
Chapter 15 Estates and Probate 151
Probating a Will
Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Trust
Living Will and Advance Medical Directive
Chapter 16 Taxes 159
Federal Taxes
State Taxes
Chapter 17 Real Estate 165
Determining Title
Adverse Possession
Real Estate Contracts
Chapter 18 Business Organization 177
Sole Proprietorships
Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships
Chapter 19 Bankruptcy 183
Chapter 7
Chapter 11
Chapter 13
Chapter 20 Employment 191
Federal Laws
At-Will Employment
Overtime and Minimum Wage
Severence and Lay-offs
Chapter 21 Workers' Compensation 199
Complex Injuries
Third Party Claims
Second Injury Fund and Uninsured Employer Fund
Chapter 22 Insurance 207
Automobile Insurance
Life Insurance
Health Insurance
Homeowners Insurance
Malpractice Insurance
Insurance Agents
Chapter 23 Eminent Domain and Zoning 213
Chapter 24 Liens 217
Mechanic's Lien
Garagekeeper's Lien
Innkeeper's Lien
Domestic Relation's Lien
Attorney's Lien
Tax Lien
Secured Transaction
Conclusion 221
Glossary 223
Index 231
About the Author 241
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