The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System


The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System

Contributor(s): Bergman, Paul (Author), Berman, Sara J (Author)

648 pages 16th Edition

1.3″ H x 8.9″ L x 7.0″ W (2.1 lbs)

ISBN: 1413327192   EAN: 9781413327199


The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System

The criminal justice system is complicated, understand it and your rightsThis book demystifies the complex rules and procedures of criminal law. It explains how the system works, why police, lawyers, and judges do what they do, and what suspects, defendants, and prisoners can expect. It also provides critical information on working with a lawyer.

In plain English, The Criminal Law Handbook covers:

  • search and seizure
  • arrest, booking, and bail
  • Miranda rights
  • arraignment
  • plea bargains
  • trials
  • sentencing
  • common defenses
  • working with defense attorneys
  • constitutional rights
  • juvenile court
  • preliminary hearings
  • appeals
  • public defenders
  • victims’ rights

This edition is completely updated, covering the latest in criminal law, including U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Anyone interested in criminal law, including law students, people involved in the system personally (or who know someone who is), and authors who want to make sure their material is realistic. REASONS TO BUY THIS BOOK:

  • The authors continue to update this book with the most significant changes in criminal law. These updates include new Supreme Court rulings.
  • The book explains criminal laws and procedures in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format, and provides examples and illustrations of important concepts, rules, and cases.
  • It covers constitutional principles, the criminal trial process from arrest to appeal, and defenses to criminal charges

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1. Talking to the Police 2. Search and Seizure 3. Arrest: When It Happens, What It Means 4. Eyewitness Identification: Psychology and Procedures 5. Booking and Bail: Checking In and Out of Jail 6. From Suspect to Defendant 7. Criminal Defense Lawyers 8. Understanding the Attorney-Client Relationship in a Criminal Case 9. A Walk Through Criminal Court 10. Arraignments 11. Developing the Defense Strategy 12. Crimespeak: Understanding the Language of Criminal Laws 13. Defense speak: Common Defenses to Criminal Charges 14. Discovery: Exchanging Information With the Prosecution 15. Investigating the Facts 16. Preliminary Hearings 17. Fundamental Trial Rights of the Defense 18. Basic Evidence Rules in Criminal Trials 19. Motions and Their Role in Criminal Cases 20. Plea Bargains: How Most Criminal Cases End 21. The Trial Process 22. Sentencing 23. Appeals 24. How the Criminal Justice System Works 25. Juvenile Courts and Procedures 26. Prisoners’ Rules 27. Looking Up the Law Glossary
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