Higher Education

Criminal Evidence, 7th Edition

  • Judy Hails California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-10: 1111346933  |  ISBN-13: 9781111346935
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
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Practical and reader-friendly, the Seventh Edition of CRIMINAL EVIDENCE continues to offer students comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of all evidentiary topics common in criminal proceedings in a brief, affordable format. The text thoroughly explores Constitutional issues essential to the collection and seizure of admissible evidence and legal interrogation, carefully outlining concepts and processes applicable to every state and pointing out where great interstate variation exists or specific state codes may have a strong impact. The text also covers current trends and topics that students will likely encounter in the real world, such as terrorism and homeland security, scientific evidence, Federal Rules of Evidence, hearsay, and the appellate system. Realistic case scenarios prepare students to apply their knowledge and skills in the real world as working law enforcement professionals.

Features and Benefits

  • Activities throughout the text help students apply learning in a realistic context.
  • Writing assignments in every chapter based on relevant and compelling real-life cases help students apply chapter material.
  • “Myth vs. Reality” features that explore common misconceptions about evidence and law enforcement procedures and contrast them with actual policies and facts teach key points of law in an especially memorable and interesting way.
  • Key definitions appear in boldface when they are first used and are also placed in easy-to-understand itemized lists to help students learn key terms and concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. The Role of the Court.
3. The Adjudication Process.
4. Types of Evidence.
5. Direct and Circumstantial Evidence.
6. Witnesses.
7. Crime Scene Evidence and Experiments.
8. Documentary Evidence, Models, Maps, and Diagrams.
9. Hearsay and Its Exceptions.
10. Privileged Communications.
11. Developing Law of Search and Seizure.
12. Field Interviews, Arrests and Jail Searches.
13. Plain View, Consent, Vehicle, and Administrative Searches.
14. USA PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelligence, and Other Types of Electronic Surveillance Covered by Federal Law.
15. Self-Incrimination.
16. Identification Procedures.
17. Preparing the Case for Court.

What's New

  • The court system – including the interaction of the prosecutor and law enforcement – are discussed in detail in a new chapter (Chapter 2), providing students with an increased awareness and understanding of how evidence is used and why certain policies are in place.
  • U. S. Supreme Court cases involving investigating crime and introducing evidence at trial are covered through June 30, 2010 to give students a current perspective on the laws regarding evidence.
  • Virtually all new chapter-opening cases vividly illustrate chapter content with a high profile, real world case to highlight key concepts, enhance relevancy, and draw students into the chapters.


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Cengage Learning eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111956499 | ISBN-13: 9781111956493)

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Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1111678936 | ISBN-13: 9781111678937)

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Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

Delivered via email, the Instant Access Code includes a URL and a code that students use to gain full access to the Careers in Criminal Justice Website, which helps them investigate the criminal justice career choices that are right for them. Students can take advantage of interest assessments, career profiles, video interviews, and a career Rolodex with links and tools to assist them in finding a professional position. There's also a career planner with sample résumés, letters, and interview questions, and a wealth of information on "soft skills" such as health and fitness, stress management, and effective communication.

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Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Judy Hails

Judy Hails has taught in the criminal justice field for over 40 years. She has authored five textbooks on criminal evidence, criminal law, and criminal procedure as well as contributing to anthologies and writing numerous journal articles. She received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1998. She has been a visiting professor at the China Criminal Police College and Illinois State University, and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She is a former sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Her education includes: B.S. in mathematics from Loma Linda University, M.S. in criminology from CSU-Long Beach, J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and LL.M. in criminal justice from New York University School of Law.