Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 15, 2011 - Law - 224 pages
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The first book of legal advice for the hip hop generation, Covering areas ranging from how to secure the best public defender to what to do when driving DWB, this is a step-by-step guide to the criminal system for those who need it most written by a criminal defense attorney who knows this world from the inside out.

A counterpoint to the Law and Order justice the public sees and believes in. This is the real criminal justice system, as told from someone inside, someone fights it ever day. This is not a manual for how to get off, how to be a better criminal. It is proof that the system will eat you up and spit you out if you dare to become involved or think you can beat it. Raw Law authoritatively addresses the legal issues faced by the hip hop generation, and offers a simple guide on how to avoid certain situations and how to learn and respond to others. Here readers will learn the truths and untruths of the justice system and how they can protect themselves from the worst of it. But most of all, they will learn how to follow the first rule of the criminal justice system: AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.

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I really enjoyed the book, and I think it could really help the target audience. The author writes in a very frank tone, which could come off as rude to some people. The book
speaks the truth from a criminal justice lawyer's perspective, and it does not glorify crime or anything detrimental to society. The book is geared toward urban youth primarily the black community, but it's more about an economical demographic than a racial demographic.The point of the book is to educate those who don't have direct access to this knowledge, and break it down to a point in which most people can understand it. 


Public Pretenders
A Case of Rape
Little Girls and Boys and Their Toys
A Few Stolen Moments
Improbable Cause
One Good Cop
Pleas Please Pleas Please
Criminal Minded
Welcome to the Real World

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Muhammad Ibn Bashir is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey. He graduated from Howard University School of Communications and completed his education at Howard University School of Law. He specializes in criminal and constitutional law and has been a sole practitioner for 17 years. During this time, he has also represented clients in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Kentucky. He has served as a Public Defender and was co-counsel in the defense of the infamous “World Trade Center Bombing” trial. As a criminal trial attorney, he maintains a reputation of a relentless cross-examiner and a tenacious advocate. He is a motivational speaker and lectures to high school and college audiences on criminal justice and procedure. Further, he is a dedicated community servant and is involved in many community-based projects impacting on the lives of the community’s youth. He also serves as Director of Policy & Planning at Image Makers Public Relations, Inc.

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