Practicing criminal defense attorney Dan Conaway has written Arrested to help us all understand our rights and responsibilities in the country we live in.
"The Beast"as he refers to our criminal justice systemhas little to do with the way it looks on TV. Clearing away the fiction, Conaway addresses real-world topics about how to handle yourselfand help otherswhen facing the worst.
Although not intended as a substitute for professional legal counsel, Arrested can be used as a guide as you work your way through the maze of one of the most complicated systems on the planet.
With the help of fact-based scenarios, Conaway shows us all what could happen to any of us if we're not careful. Along with explanations of how we have become a "zero-tolerance" societyand practical, real-life examplesArrested will give you the background and foresight to handle yourself in almost any situation.
|Publisher:||Bascom Hill Publishing Group, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I The Beast Revealed-An Overview of America's Criminal Justice System 1
Chapter 1 The Nature of the Beast-Law and Order Is Not Reality TV 5
Chapter 2 In the Belly of the Beast-Police, Prosecutors, Judges, and Defense Lawyers 15
Chapter 3 Groups Influencing the Beast: Politicians, Special Interest Groups, Plaintiff's Lawyers, the Prison and Corrections Industry, and the Media 37
Part II Breeding a Meaner Beast-The Impact of Zero Tolerance on America's Criminal Justice System 59
Chapter 4 A Book, a Movie, and a Magazine Article Lead to Zero Tolerance 63
Chapter 5 How Zero Tolerance Impacts Police Investigations in America 95
Chapter 6 The Impact of Zero Tolerance on Prosecution, Punishment, and Sentencing 109
Chapter 7 Signs of Hope-The Movement Toward Alternative Sentencing and Punishment Policies 139
Part III Battling the Beast-Your Constitutional Rights, Basic Principles of Criminal Defense, and Seven Case Studies
Chapter 8 Your Constitutional Rights-The Bedrock of Americas Criminal Justice System 147
Chapter 9 Basic Principles of Criminal Defense 179
Chapter 10 Defense Lawyers in Action-Seven Criminal Case Studies 195
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Arrested is an eye-opening guidebook for those who want to better understand the operations of the American criminal justice system and how to face down this system when you or your loved one is facing criminal charges. Conaway’s informative book is replete with paradox as he explains how our societal concept of reaching decisions by means of consensus and that everyone has an equal voice do not mesh well with an ancient justice system – better known as “The Beast” — that serves the government and believes conflict is the best way to find truth and justice. Practicing criminal defense attorney Dan Conaway does not mince words. Written in layman’s terms within a conversational setting, Conaway uses a plethora of scenarios – including cases he’s handled – and poses thought-provoking questions to debunk stereotypes of all the characters (police, prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys) critical to the courtroom (aka “The Belly of The Beast”). Conaway further paints a clear picture of the political pressures that play prominent roles in the court’s verdict. While Arrested may appear quite stark, there is no doubt that readers will finish this book feeling equipped to confidently face down a zero-tolerance criminal justice system. Originally posted on San Francisco Book Review. Reviewed by Anita Lock
Excellent read! With all that is in the news right now, Dan Conaway's book could not have come out at a better time! He provides an invaluable insider glimpse into America's criminal justice system.