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Now newly updated and expanded, the Second Edition of this popular text provides a concise, realistic, hands-on guide to the fascinating and rewarding practice of criminal law. CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE FOR THE PARALEGAL offers a highly practical introduction to the field, exploring essential legal principles and their applications through a series of real-world cases, including prosecution, defense, and appellate processes. Drawing on his extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney, an assistant district attorney, and a college instructor, the author brings the world of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and paralegals to life with a uniquely engaging, reader-friendly style ideal for today's learners. The text also addresses relevant Supreme Court decisions and their ramifications and offers insights from actual paralegals and examples from real cases. Suitable for courses in both criminal law and procedure and criminal justice, this trusted text is an ideal resource to prepare current and future legal professionals for success in the dynamic, high-demand field of criminal law.
- All chapters have updated case law references and have been edited and rewritten with recent changes in the law in mind.
- New figures and exhibits have been added to encourage the more visually-oriented learner.
- The author has also included "bullet points" in each chapter that condense the relevant material down for quick reference.
- Real-world examples and exercises throughout the text present elements of actual cases, giving students an awareness of legal settings and procedures they are likely to encounter in their professional careers.
- "Insider's Viewpoints" feature highlights real-life legal situations and solutions, illustrating the daily practice of actual professionals to complement academic material with highly practical insights.
- "Role of the Paralegal" sections in each chapter outline the activities paralegals undertake during criminal prosecutions, presenting a variety of perspectives to provide students with a detailed, comprehensive understanding of the work they will eventually perform.
- "Paralegal To Do Lists" highlight some of the tasks a paralegal should complete when working on a particular aspect of a criminal case.
- In addition to employing a concise, reader-friendly style that makes even difficult material more accessible, the author has included abundant cross-references, definitions, examples, and case analyses to engage readers with a variety of learning styles and preferences.
2. Arrest, Search, and Seizure.
3. Post-arrest and Grand Jury.
4. Evidentiary Issues in Prosecution.
5. Interrogation, Confessions, and Miranda.
6. Arraignment and Discovery.
7. Principals, Accessories, and Attempt.
8. Crimes Against the Person.
9. Sex-related Crimes.
10. Crimes Against Property.
11. Crimes Against Public Order, Morality and Health.
12. Rights Associated with the Trial.
13. The Trial.
15. Sentencing and Appeal.
The Kline Case.
The Marbles Case.
The Fortner Case.
"The paralegal to do list. This is great because it still puts the focus on the criminal paralegal. So if a student is not sure what a criminal paralegal does, this will give them an idea what to expect. Plus it is in every chapter. I feel this is one of the strongest parts of this textbook."
"The examples are excellent. I particularly like "Insider's Viewpoint", which focus on district attorneys, prosecutors, detectives, and others who are directly connected with the criminal law field and have great experience that they share for the paralegal student's benefit."