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The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive System / Edition 9
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The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive System / Edition 9

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by Paul Bergman, Sara J. Berman-Barrett
 

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ISBN-10: 1413307043

ISBN-13: 9781413307047

Pub. Date: 10/02/2007

Publisher: NOLO

The best plain-English book on criminal law available!

The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Fortunately, you can turn to this book for clear and complete explanations.

The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know

Overview

The best plain-English book on criminal law available!

The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Fortunately, you can turn to this book for clear and complete explanations.

The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how the system works and why police, lawyers and judges do what they do. It covers:

•arrests
•booking
•preliminary hearings
•charges
•bail
•courts
•arraignment
•search and seizure
•defenses
•evidence
•trials
•plea bargains
•sentencing
•juveniles
•"crimespeak," the language commonly used in criminal statutes
•and much more

The 9th edition covers all of the latest Supreme Court cases and changes in criminal law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413307047
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Series:
Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survice the System Ser.
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.25(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

A Walk-Through of the Case of State v. Andrea Davidson, a Fictional Robbery Prosecution

1: Talking to the PoliceSection I: Police Questioning of People Who Haven't Been Taken Into Custody
Section II: Police Questioning of Arrestees

2: Search and Seizure: When the Police Can Search for and Seize Evidence
Section I: The Constitutional Background
Section II: Search Warrants
Section III: Consent Searches
Section IV: The Plain View Doctrine
Section V: Warrantless Searches That Are Incident to Arrest
Section VI: 'Stop and Frisk' Searches
Section VII: Searches of Car and Occupants
Section VIII: Warrantless Searches or Entries Under Emergency (Exigent) Circumstances
Section IX: Miscellaneous Warrantless Searches

3: Arrest: When It Happens, What It Means
Section I: General Arrest Principles
Section II: Arrest Warrants
Section III: Warrantless Arrests
Section IV: Use of Force When Making Arrests
Section V: Citizens' Arrests

4: Eyewitness Identification: Psychology and Procedures
Section I: An Overview of Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Section II: The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification
Section III: Lineups
Section IV: Showups
Section V: Photo Identifications
Section VI: Motions to Suppress Identifications

5: Booking and Bail: Checking In and Checking Out of Jail
Section I: The Booking Process
Section II: Arranging for Bail
Section III: Own Recognizance Release (Release O.R.)

6: From Suspect to Defendant: HowCrimes Get Charged
Section I: Crime and Criminal Cases
Section II: To Charge or Not to Charge, That Is the Question
Section III: The Mechanics of Charging
Section IV: Grand Juries
Section V: Diversion

7: Criminal Defense Lawyers: Who They Are, What They Do, How to Find One
Section I: Do I Need a Lawyer?
Section II: Court-Appointed Attorneys
Section III: Private Defense Attorneys
Section IV: Self-Representation

8: Understanding the Attorney-Client Relationship in a Criminal Case
Section I: Confidentiality 181
Section II: Client-Centered Decision-Making 185
Section III: Lawyer-Client Communication .191
Section IV: Representing Guilty Defendants .192
Section V: Competent Clients 194

9: A Walk Through Criminal Court
Section I: The Courthouse
Section II: The Courtroom
Section III: The Courtroom Players
Section IV: Courtroom Behavior

10: Arraignments
Section I: Timing of Arraignments
Section II: Self-Representation at Arraignment

11: Developing the Defense Strategy
Section I: Overview
Section II: How the Defendant's Version of Events May Limit Defense Strategies
Section III: When Attorneys Ignore a Defendant's Version of Events
Section IV: The Importance of Honesty in Developing a Defense Strategy

12: Crimespeak: Understanding the Language of Criminal Laws
Section I: Mens Rea
Section II: The Meaning of Frequently-Used Legal Language
Section III: Derivative Criminal Responsibility
Section IV: Murder and Manslaughter
Section V: Rape
Section VI: Burglary
Section VII: Robbery
Section VIII: Theft
Section IX: Hate Crimes
Section X: The Patriot Act
Section XI: White Collar Crimes

13: Defensespeak: Common Defenses to Criminal Charges
Section I: Prosecutor's Failure to Prove Guilt
Section II: 'Partial' Defenses
Section III: Self-Defense
Section IV: Alibi
Section V: Insanity
Section VI: Intoxication (Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol)
Section VII: Entrapment
Section VIII: Jury Nullification

14: Discovery: Exchanging Information With the Prosecution
Section I: Modern Discovery Policy
Section II: Discovery of Helpful Information
Section III: Discovery of Harmful Information
Section IV: Reciprocal Discovery

15: Investigating the Facts
Section I: Interviewing Prosecution Witnesses
Section II: Finding and Interviewing Defense Witnesses
Section III: Other Investigation Tasks and Their Costs

16: Preliminary Hearings
Section I: What Preliminary Hearings Are and When They Are Held
Section II: Basic Rights During Preliminary Hearings
Section III: Common Defense and Prosecution Strategies at the Preliminary Hearing

17: Fundamental Trial Rights of the Defense
Section I: The Defendant's Right to Due Process of Law
Section II: The Prosecution's Burden of Proof
Section III: The Defendant's Right to Remain Silent
Section IV: The Defendant's Right to Confront Witnesses
Section V: The Defendant's (and the Media's) Right to a Public Trial
Section VI: A Defendant's Right to a Jury Trial
Section VII: A Defendant's Right to Counsel
Section VIII: A Defendant's Right to a Speedy Trial
Section IX: The Defendant's Right Not to Be Placed in Double Jeopardy

18: Basic Evidence Rules in Criminal Trials
Section I: Overview
Section II: Rules Regulating the Content of Testimony
Section III: Rules Regulating the Manner of Testimony
Section IV: Scientific Evidence
Section V: Privileged (Confidential) Information

19: Motions and Their Role in Criminal Cases
Section I: The Basic Procedures
Section II: Common Pretrial Motions
Section III: Motions During Trial
Section IV: Motions After Trial

20: Plea Bargains: How Most Criminal Cases End
Section I: Plea Bargaining -- The Basics
Section II: The Pros and Cons of Plea Bargains
Section III: The Plea Bargaining Process
Section IV: The Strategy of Negotiating Plea Bargains

21: The Trial Process
Section I: Summary of the Trial Process
Section II: Choosing a Judge or Jury Trial
Section III: Jury Voir Dire
Section IV: Motions in Limine
Section V: Opening Statements
Section VI: Prosecution's Case-in-Chief
Section VII: Direct Examination of Witnesses
Section VIII: Cross-Examination
Section IX: Defense Motion to Dismiss
Section X: Defendant's Case-in-Chief
Section XI: Closing Argument
Section XII: Instructing the Jury
Section XIII: Jury Deliberations and Verdict

22: Sentencing: How the Court Punishes Convicted Defendants
Section I: Overview of Sentencing
Section II: Sentencing Procedures
Section III: Sentence Options
Section IV: The Death Penalty
References

23: Appeals: Seeking Review by a Higher Court
Section I: Appeals
Section II: Writs

24: How the Criminal Justice System Works: A Walk Through Two Drunk Driving Cases
Section I: Questions and Answers About DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
Section II: DUI Case Examples

25: Juvenile Courts and Procedures
Section I: A Brief History of U.S. Juvenile Courts
Section II: Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
Section III: Deciding Whether to File Charges
Section IV: The Right to Counsel and Other Constitutional Rights
Section V: Trying Juveniles as Adults
Section VI: Sentencing (Disposition) Options
Section VII: Sealing Juvenile Court Records

26: Prisoners' Rights
Section I: Prisons and Prisoners' Rights
Section II: Legal Resources for Prisoners and Their Families
Section III: Parole
Section IV: Pardons

27: Looking Up the Law
Section I: What to Research
Section II: Where to Do Research
Section III: Glossary

Index

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The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been able to use this book over and over again for my criminal justice and law classes to write papers, do discussions and and just get simple clarification on subjects I am studying. It is definitely a must have.
Joanne60 More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. It gives the same advice as what my current attorney is giving me. Would highly reccommend this book to anybody who wants to know their rights in any state they live in.