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Crime Scene Investigation, Criminalistics, and The Law, 1st Edition

  • Thomas Buckles Woodbury College
  • ISBN-10: 1401859291  |  ISBN-13: 9781401859299
  • 360 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.00
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Crime Scene Investigation: Criminalistics, and the Law is a new title that is the first to include not only crime scene investigation and criminalistics, but also the laws that govern them. It focuses on how the crime scene should be investigated, searched, and processed for evidence, but also includes an emphasis on the legal admissibility of these procedures. This book discusses the forensic value of physical evidence and the role of forensic science and criminalistics in evaluating this evidence and presenting it in court. It's heavy on informative content that is reinforced by the many valuable and illustrative photographs, exhibits, and actual cases. Timely and familiar cases are used to help students better understand the importance of proper crime scene investigation. Included are the United States Supreme Court cases that deal with fire scene and death scene investigations, and a wealth of other recent state and federal cases that deal with crime scene search and seizure, forensic experts and testing, whether there is "implied" consent to search a crime scene, what constitutes an "exigency" at a crime scene, chain of custody, scientific testing, admissibility of crime scene evidence, the admissibility of blood splatter analysis, fingerprints, and DNAWith learning tools such as key terms, definitions, relevant Internet references, and end of chapter summaries, this book will leave the reader with a complete education regarding crime scene investigation.

Features and Benefits

  • Real cases help the reader better understand procedures as well as the laws and legal issues that govern them.
  • CSI Checklists- tie important concepts together with visual checklists.
  • Critical Thinking Questions- challenge students to examine, discuss, and reflect on the material.
  • Crime Scene Analysis Exercises- requires readers to apply what they have learned.
  • Crime Lab Problems- allows for actual, hands-on practice.
  • Practice Tips and Forensic Research- practical how-to help and tips with emphasis on the use of the Internet to develop research skills.
  • Special Investigative Challenges- focus on special issues that might come up during an investigation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introdution to Crime Scene Investigation, Criminalistics and the Law
Chapter 2: Investigating The Crime Scene: Initial Response and Planning
Chapter 3: Investigating The Crime Scene: Documeting the Scene
Chapter 4: Investigating The Crime Scene: Processing the Scene and Collecting Evidence
Chapter 5: Investing Consideration an Special Crime Scenes
Chapter 6: Sources of the Law Governing Crime Scene Investigations
Chapter 7: Laws of Crime Scene Searches
Chapter 8: Crime Lab and Criminalistics
Chapter 9: Forensic Value of Physical Evidence
Chapter 10: Forensic Evidence and Testing
Chapter 11: Admissibility of Forensic Evidence and Testing
Chapter 12: Presenting Crime Scene Evidence in Court
Chapter 13: Future of Crime Scene Investigation, Criminalistics and the Law


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Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401859313 | ISBN-13: 9781401859312)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas Buckles

Thomas Buckles has more than twenty years of experience in the investigation of crimes. He specializes in evidentiary applications and legal aspects of the crime scene and investigative procedure. He is the author of Laws of Evidence.