Making Crime Pay: The Writer's Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure

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Making Crime Pay is an invaluable reference to criminal law, evidence, and procedure and the potential it holds for breathtaking plots and dramatic storytelling. Readers will learn in detail how criminal law has evolved historically, discover the differences between crimes and how they are judged in the eyes of the law, and understand law's mechanisms and loopholes from the first thought of a crime to the offender's arrest and trial.

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Making Crime Pay: The Writer's Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure

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Overview

Making Crime Pay is an invaluable reference to criminal law, evidence, and procedure and the potential it holds for breathtaking plots and dramatic storytelling. Readers will learn in detail how criminal law has evolved historically, discover the differences between crimes and how they are judged in the eyes of the law, and understand law's mechanisms and loopholes from the first thought of a crime to the offender's arrest and trial.

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Daryl W. Clemens
The book is an excellent overview of the criminal justice system, and far more readable than a criminal justice textbook. I found the historical background, and the historic footnotes throughout the text to be very interesting and informative. . . . A writer looking to set a story in the criminal justice system should find plenty of ideas here.
Editor, Crime & Clues
Carmel Thomaston
Excellent! Absorbing! The most comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to criminal law I've seen. A must-have resource for writers of mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and non-fiction."
author and owner of Painted Rock Writers & Readers Colony
Penny Warner
Andrea S. Campbell's new book MAKING CRIME PAY is the perfect reference for students, attorneys, anyone involved in law enforcement, even mystery writers. It would have made my research a lot easier if I'd had a copy when I wrote my first mystery. Campbell covers everything you need to know in a comprehensive guide that's well-written, easy to access, and thorough. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in criminal law.
author of Blind Side: A Connor Westphal Mystery
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152166
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 5.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note iv
Preface: The Drama of Crime v
Part I Criminal Law Explained viii
Chapter 1 The Evolution of Law 1
Chapter 2 Crimes Defined 12
Chapter 3 Crimes Against the Person 24
Chapter 4 Cops and Robbers and More 39
Chapter 5 Behind Enemy Lines 57
Chapter 6 Defenses, Justification, and Excuse 70
Part II Criminal Procedure and Evidence 89
Chapter 7 Search, Seizure, and Arrest 90
Chapter 8 Rights of the Accused 121
Chapter 9 Men in Blue 143
Chapter 10 Resume of a Prosecution 162
Part III A Walk Through the Criminal Justice System 180
Chapter 11 Arrest, Charges, and Booking 181
Chapter 12 Juvenile Justice 204
Chapter 13 Preliminaries 222
Chapter 14 Anatomy of a Trial 249
Appendix 280
Bibliography 283
Endnotes 285
Index 289
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