Understanding Criminal Law

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Author: Christopher M. V. Clarkson

Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell

ISBN: 9780421900905

Category: Criminal law

Page: 334

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This study seeks to present the key principles of criminal law in a comprehensive and readable style. Concentrating on the more theoretical issues, the main focus is on the general principles of criminal liability.

Understanding Criminal Law

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Author: Joshua Dressler

Publisher: Carolina Academic Press LLC

ISBN: 9781531007911

Category: Criminal law

Page: 648

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This comprehensive and clearly written Understanding treatise is frequently cited by scholars and courts in their analysis of substantive criminal law, and has been a popular source of assistance to criminal law students for the past quarter century. Understanding Criminal Law is designed to be taught in conjunction with any casebook. The topics covered are those most often raised in criminal law casebooks, and coverage of these subjects is meant to complement professors' classroom discussions. The text focuses on the basic elements of, and defenses to, all crimes; provides in-depth coverage of such crimes as homicide, rape, and theft; and covers other important topics covered in the Criminal Law course, such as accomplice and inchoate liability. Understanding Criminal Law also covers theories of punishment, sources of the criminal law, and overarching principles such as legality and proportionality. The common law is emphasized with extensive comparisons to the Model Penal Code and modern statutes. This edition offers the most significant updating ever, including coverage of quickly-changing legal areas, such as sexual assault and self-defense law. Recent and ongoing revisions to the Model Penal Code are also covered.

Understanding Criminal Justice

Sociological Perspectives

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Author: Philip Daniel Smith,Kristin Natalier

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761940326

Category: Social Science

Page: 225

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Providing an overview of the sociological approaches to law and criminal justice, this book focuses on how law and the criminal justice system inevitably affect one another, and the ways in which both are intimately connected with wider social forces.

Understanding Criminal Justice

A Critical Introduction

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Author: Azrini Wahidin,Nicola Carr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136185623

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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Few subjects provoke as much public fascination and political concern as crime, criminality, criminology, and criminal justice policy and practice. Understanding Criminal Justice seeks to provide students with a critical introduction to the range of theoretical, policy and operational issues faced by the criminal justice system in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It anticipates little or no prior knowledge of criminal justice, and seeks to provide an introduction to the area. This critical textbook provides both a thorough overview of the procedures central to the workings of the criminal justice system and a distillation of the topical debates that surround it. It outlines the political and historical context, detailing key procedures and challenging students to engage with current debates. Containing chapters on policing, prosecution, community justice and alternative modes of justice, this text provides a comprehensive coverage of the key topics included within undergraduate criminology programmes at an introductory level. Written in a lively and accessible style, this book will also be of interest to general readers and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume One, Investigation

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Author: Joshua Dressler,Alan C. Michaels

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 032718423X

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Understanding Criminal Procedure is primarily designed for law students and is organized and written so that both students and professors can use it with confidence to better prepare for courses and improve classroom dialogue. Already cited extensively in scholarly literature and judicial opinions, scholars, practicing lawyers and courts will also find the expanded content of this newest edition indispensable. Inside you'll find extensive coverage of the most important United States Supreme Court cases and discussion of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, federal statutes, and lower federal and state court cases. Overarching policy issues are considered extensively, and some of the hottest debates in the field are considered with high-quality and objective analysis. The user-friendly organization of the text helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of broad topics, or refine your focus with intuitive subsections that help you find answers to pressing questions more efficiently. Citations to important scholarship, both classic and recent, help you to expand and refine your research on specific topics with ease, and footnotes include cross-references within the text to help you easily move to different chapters and subsections to understand how topics are inter-related. This first volume, Investigation, is intended for use in introductory criminal procedure courses focusing primarily or exclusively on police investigative process and constitutional concerns. A chapter on the defendant's right to counsel at trial and appeal and other non-police-practice issues is included in both volumes to allow greater flexibility based on the design of particular courses. The second volume, Adjudication covers the criminal process after the police investigation ends and the adjudicative process commences. It is most useful in more advanced criminal procedure courses that follow the criminal process through the various stages of adjudication, commencing with pretrial issues and explaining the process through charging, pretrial release and discovery, the trial, and post-conviction proceedings including sentencing and appeals.

Understanding Criminal Procedure Volume Two, Adjudication

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Author: Joshua Dressler,Alan C. Michaels

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 1422486591

Category: Law

Page: 444

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The Fourth Edition of this clearly written Understanding treatise is new in many respects. Most significantly, it has been enlarged to two volumes. Volume One: Investigation is intended for use in criminal procedure courses focusing primarily or exclusively on the police investigatory process. Volume Two: Adjudication covers the criminal process after the police investigation ends and the adjudicative process commences. The text covers the most important United States Supreme Court cases in the field. Where pertinent, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, federal statutes, and lower federal and state court cases are considered. The broad overarching policy issues of criminal procedure are laid out and some of the hottest debates in the field are considered in depth and objectively. The authors have also included citations to important scholarship, both classic and recent, into which readers may delve more deeply regarding specific topics.

Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong

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Author: Eric Wing Hong Chui,T. Wing Lo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134003226

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong provides a much-needed overview of the criminal justice system in Hong Kong. It is designed to be used as a text for students studying this subject as part of a wider course in criminal justice, police studies, law or social work, and for practitioners working in Hong Kong in the police, prisons, probation, voluntary agencies and other criminal justice personnel. It will also be an invaluable source of information about how criminal justice operates in Hong Kong in the context of broader courses in comparative criminal justice. This book outlines the basic concepts of criminal law in Hong Kong, and analyses the process of the criminal justice system, ranging from the report of a crime through to the correctional system. At the same time it examines how the criminal justice personnel or actors work in practice, and how they deal with the offenders and victims during the criminal justice process. Throughout the book readers are also encouraged to consider the arguments and debates that surround the controversial issues in the Hong Kong criminal justice system.

Understanding Criminal Law

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Author: Roger Geary

Publisher: Routledge Cavendish

ISBN: 9781859417492

Category: Law

Page: 128

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Understanding Criminal Law clarifies a subject which students often find somewhat difficult and confusing. This difficulty stems partly from the rapid changes which criminal law undergoes, through frequent statutory amendments and judicial decisions, but more importantly from the sheer complexity of the subject matter. This book provides a clear and concise text for those studying traditional black-letter substantive criminal law. The author takes a logical and straightforward approach, specifically designed to enable the reader to quickly master the basic principles and ensure examination success. Emphasis is given to major case law, relevant statutory provisions and writings of academic commentators. In selected areas the book evaluates the law and suggests possible reforms; this evaluative aspect is intended to stimulate the reader to think more critically about the subject without engendering confusion about basic principles. Although designed primarily for full-time undergraduate LLB students, the book should also prove useful for those studying criminal law on part-time courses, as well as those on Diploma in Law courses, and students of A and AS Level Law. It is also ideal for the study of criminal law on modular courses and joint degrees.

Jumpstart Criminal Law

Reading and Understanding Criminal Cases and Statutes

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Author: John M. Burkoff

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454836075

Category: Law

Page: 208

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Jumpstart Criminal Law explores the context in which criminal statutes are drafted and enacted and in which criminal trials and appeals take place by considering the relationship between state and federal criminal prosecutions and trials; the difference between criminal offenses and defenses in different jurisdictions; the steps in the criminal justice process; the separate roles of judge and jury in criminal cases, and their significance; "element analysis" in criminal cases and with criminal statutes; the nature of the different types of criminal law defenses; criminal defense ethics; how, when, and why conduct is criminalized; and the role of "mens rea" and "actus reus" in criminal law. Legal reasoning and the criminal justice process are taught through numerous judicial opinions with analysis, presented in a straightforward and informal writing style comprehensible without in-class explanation. Pedagogical features support learning, such as a chapter with a glossary of the terms, idioms, and procedures encountered in reading cases in criminal law. Many judicial opinions are illustrated by an artist-drawn "cartoon" The cases do not have complex fact patterns, but rather, are short and easy to read, and apply common rules and principles of law. Helpful exam prep combines examples of issue-spotting, essay, and multiple-choice questions with tips on how to carefully read criminal law exam questions. Features: explores the context in which criminal statutes are drafted and enacted and in which criminal trials and appeals take place the relationship between state and federal criminal prosecutions and trials the difference between criminal offenses and defenses in different jurisdictions the steps in the criminal justice process the separate roles of judge and jury in criminal cases "element analysis" in criminal cases and with criminal statutes the nature of various types of criminal law defenses criminal defense ethics how, when, and why conduct is criminalized the role of "mens rea" and "actus reus" in criminal law legal reasoning and criminal justice process taught via judicial opinions with analysis judicial opinions and analyses comprehensible without in-class explanation straightforward and informal writing style pedagogical features glossary of terms, idioms, and procedures encountered in reading cases line art: artist-drawn "cartoons" illustrate many judicial opinions judicial opinions: short and easy to read, applying common rules of law exam prep help examples of issue-spotting, essay, and multiple-choice questions tips on how to carefully read criminal law exam questions

Understanding Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

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Author: Joshua Dressler,Alan C. Michaels

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 0820570028

Category: Law

Page: 637

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The Fourth Edition of this clearly written Understanding treatise is new in many respects. Most significantly, it has been enlarged to two volumes. Volume One: Investigation is intended for use in criminal procedure courses focusing primarily or exclusively on the police investigatory process. Volume Two: Adjudication covers the criminal process after the police investigation ends and the adjudicative process commences. The text covers the most important United States Supreme Court cases in the field. Where pertinent, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, federal statutes, and lower federal and state court cases are considered. The broad overarching policy issues of criminal procedure are laid out and some of the hottest debates in the field are considered in depth and objectively. The authors have also included citations to important scholarship, both classic and recent, into which readers may delve more deeply regarding specific topics.

Understanding Criminal Procedure: Investigation

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Author: Joshua Dressler,Alan C. Michaels

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 1422426785

Category: Criminal procedure

Page: 604

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The fifth edition of Understanding Criminal Procedure is new in many respects. Most significantly, it has been enlarged to two volumes. The first volume is intended for use in criminal procedure courses focusing primarily or exclusively on police investigatory process. Such courses are variously titled: Criminal Procedure I; Criminal Procedure: Investigation; Criminal Procedure: Police Practices; Constitutional Criminal Procedure; etc. Because some such courses also cover the defendant's right to counsel at trial and appeal, the first volume includes a chapter on this non-police-practice issue. (The latter chapter is also included in Volume Two.) The second volume of Understanding Criminal Procedure covers the criminal process after the police investigation ends, and the adjudicative process commences. This book is useful in criminal procedure courses (variously entitled Criminal Procedure II; Criminal Procedure: Adjudication; etc.) that follow the criminal process through the various stages of adjudication, commencing with pretrial issues — such as charging, pretrial release and discovery — and continuing with the trial itself and then post-conviction proceedings: sentencing and appeals. Understanding Criminal Procedure is primarily designed for law students. The authors have written the Text so that students can use it with confidence that it will assist them in course preparation, and professors can recommend or assign the volumes to students with confidence that they will improve classroom dialogue. Based on comments that the authors received in the past from students and professors alike, they predict that this new, expanded edition of Understanding Criminal Procedure will serve the needs of students and professors even better. Also, based on the experience of prior editions, including citations to this Text in scholarly literature and judicial opinions, we are confident that the two volumes will prove useful to scholars, practicing lawyers, and courts. Understanding Criminal Procedure covers the most important United States Supreme Court cases in the field. Where pertinent, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, federal statutes, and lower federal and state court cases are considered. The broad overarching policy issues of criminal procedure are laid out; and some of the hottest debates in the field are considered in depth and, we think, objectively. Readers should find the Text user-friendly. Students who want a thorough grasp of a topic can and should read the relevant chapter in its entirety. However, each chapter is divided into subsections, so that readers with more refined research needs can find answers to their questions efficiently. The authors also include citations to important scholarship, both classic and recent, into which readers may delve more deeply regarding specific topics. And, because so many of the topics interrelate, cross-referencing footnotes are included, so that readers can easily move from one part of the Text to another, if necessary.

Understanding Criminal Law

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Author: Rodger Geary

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781843144823

Category: Law

Page: 144

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Understanding Criminal Law clarifies a subject which students often find somewhat difficult and confusing. This difficulty stems partly from the rapid changes which criminal law undergoes, through frequent statutory amendments and judicial decisions, but more importantly from the sheer complexity of the subject matter. This book provides a clear and concise text for those studying traditional black-letter substantive criminal law. The author takes a logical and straightforward approach, specifically designed to enable the reader to quickly master the basic principles and ensure examination success. Emphasis is given to major case law, relevant statutory provisions and writings of academic commentators. In selected areas the book evaluates the law and suggests possible reforms; this evaluative aspect is intended to stimulate the reader to think more critically about the subject without engendering confusion about basic principles. Although designed primarily for full-time undergraduate LLB students, the book should also prove useful for those studying criminal law on part-time courses, as well as those on Diploma in Law courses, and students of A and AS Level Law. It is also ideal for the study of criminal law on modular courses and joint degrees.

Criminal Law

Doctrine and Theory

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Author: William Wilson

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9781405858397

Category: Criminal law

Page: 614

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This text provides a substantial survey of criminal law, covering key topic areas as well as extensive analysis and evaluation.

Understanding Criminal Justice

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Author: Stephen C. Light

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 494

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This new and innovative introduction to criminal justice text takes a sociologist’s perspective. The text’s sociological framework teaches students to analyze criminal justice issues in the context of contrasting theories, thus reinforcing critical thinking skills. Although all of the customary topics and issues are examined, within a similar organization as other introduction to criminal justice texts, Light brings a fresh perspective to the material by explaining social issues. Race, class, and gender issues are fully integrated. Your students will learn everything they need to know about the basics of the criminal justice system, they will be able to critically analyze the workings of and problems associated with the system as never before.

Understanding Criminal Law

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Author: Caroline Buckley,Stephen Buckley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780719075056

Category: Criminal law

Page: 256

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Understanding Criminal Law links all the elements of British criminal law together to form a coherent, complete overview. Written by two practising teachers, the book stresses the practical application of modern criminal law as it is currently used in the English judicial system. It goes on to examine how the prosecution build up a case before looking at the role and nature of the defence. The final chapter concentrates on study skills relevant to criminal law, including note-taking, file organisation, revision strategy and the use of legal sources.

Understanding Crime Trends

Workshop Report

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Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Committee on Law and Justice,Committee on Understanding Crime Trends

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309140393

Category: Law

Page: 258

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Changes over time in the levels and patterns of crime have significant consequences that affect not only the criminal justice system but also other critical policy sectors. Yet compared with such areas as health status, housing, and employment, the nation lacks timely information and comprehensive research on crime trends. Descriptive information and explanatory research on crime trends across the nation that are not only accurate, but also timely, are pressing needs in the nation's crime-control efforts. In April 2007, the National Research Council held a two-day workshop to address key substantive and methodological issues underlying the study of crime trends and to lay the groundwork for a proposed multiyear NRC panel study of these issues. Six papers were commissioned from leading researchers and discussed at the workshop by experts in sociology, criminology, law, economics, and statistics. The authors revised their papers based on the discussants' comments, and the papers were then reviewed again externally. The six final workshop papers are the basis of this volume, which represents some of the most serious thinking and research on crime trends currently available.