Basic Criminal Law

Basic Criminal Law : The United States Constitution, Procedure and Crimes

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For undergraduate legal studies, paralegal and criminal justice courses.

Today, criminal law and procedures is at the forefront of public. The public debates, on a daily basis, the death penalty, the insanity defense, the release of death row prisoners, and the treatment of individuals suspected of engaging in terrorist activities against the U.S. This text guides students through three basic criteria to ground them in a thorough understanding of criminal law: History of the American Criminal Law System, Criminal Procedure, and coverage of specific crimes and common defenses to those crimes. By addressing the fundamentals of criminal law history, the Constitution, and even how media coverage affects criminal proceedings, student can begin to explore the law in their jurisdiction and build upon the fundamental knowledge this book delivers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 198.1 x 251.5 x 17.8mm | 567g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130797715
  • 9780130797711

Table of contents


Chapter 1. What is Criminal Law.
Chapter 2. The origins of American criminal law.
Chapter 3. The Colonial Period's influence on American criminal Law.

Chapter 4. Constitutional rights before arrest.
Chapter 5. Constitutional rights after arrest.
Chapter 6. The Constitutional right to trial by jury.
Chapter 7. The Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Chapter 8. Murder.
Chapter 9. Crimes against the person: Violence.
Chapter 10. Crimes against property.
Chapter 11. Treason, Terrorism, and Wartime criminal justice.
Chapter 12. Crimes against the state.
Chapter 13. Social crimes.
Chapter 14. Common Law defenses.
Appendix One: The United States Constitution.
Appendix Two: Criminal Law Lingo.
Appendix Three: The Criminal Trial Process.
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