Books, Crooks and Counselors

Books, Crooks and Counselors

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Addressing the misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the law in todays writing, this reliable guidebook demonstrates how to use legal concepts, terminology, and procedure to create fiction that is true to life and crackling with real-world tension. Examples from actual cases are provided along with excerpts of authentic courtroom dialogue. Topics covered include criminal and civil law; differences between federal, state, and Native American jurisdiction; police and private investigation; wills and inheritances; and the written and unwritten codes that govern the public and private conduct of lawyers and judges. Providing a quick and simple legal reference, this handbook is the key to creating innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, and gritty realism.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • 152 x 228mm
  • Fresno, United States
  • 1610351193
  • 9781610351195

Table of contents

Introduction 1. The Judicial System 2. Before the Trial 3. Evidence 4. Witnesses 5. Burden of Proof 6. Appeals 7. Legal Issues in Criminal Investigation8. Crime 9. Punishment 10. Civil Matters 11. Some Terms of the Art 12. Wills, Probate, and Adoption13. Legal Miscellany14. Thinking Like a Lawyer15. Thinking Like a Judge16. Legal Ethics17. Research and References18. Some Guidance for Doing Your Own Legal Research
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"Attorney and author Leslie Budewitz has compiled the perfect deskside reference for all genre writers who want to get the details just right. This thorough, yet engagingly written legal manual for writers is an excellent addition to a reference shelf." Nancy Martin, author, the Blackbird Sisters and Roxy Abruzo mystery series
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