Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately about Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Google eBook)
Addressing the misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the law in today's writing, this reliable guidebook demonstrates how to use legal concepts, terminology, and procedure to create fiction that is true to life and crackling with real-world tension. Examples from actual cases are provided along with excerpts of authentic courtroom dialogue. Topics covered include criminal and civil law; differences between federal, state, and Native American jurisdiction; police and private investigation; wills and inheritances; and the written and unwritten codes that govern the public and private conduct of lawyers and judges. Providing a quick and simple legal reference, this handbook is the key to creating innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, and gritty realism.
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Review: Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom ProcedureUser Review - TM Carper - Goodreads
Very useful and I love the Q and A format of the book making it easy for those without law school to understand. A really helpful book if you plan to use a court or legal proceedings or even punishments in any part of their writing. Read full review
Review: Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom ProcedureUser Review - Betty Kuffel - Goodreads
Written by a lawyer and good storyteller, this is a perfect book to buy as a reference. If you are a novelist or need to know how to accurately document courtroom procedure, you will likely find it ... Read full review