The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System

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Nolo, Jan 15, 2018 - Law - 672 pages
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The criminal justice system is complicated, understand it and your rights

Criminal law is full of complex rules and procedures, but this book demystifies them. It explains how the system works, why police, lawyers, and judges do what they do, and—most important—the options for suspects, defendants, and victims. It also provides critical information on working with a lawyer.

In plain English, The Criminal Law Handbook covers:
  • search and seizure
  • arrest, booking, and bail
  • Miranda
  • arraignment
  • plea bargains
  • trials
  • sentencing
  • working with defense attorneys
  • common defenses
  • constitutional rights
  • juvenile court
  • preliminary hearings
  • appeals, and
  • public defenders
This edition is completely updated, covering the latest changes in criminal and U.S Supreme Court cases. Written by the authors of Represent Yourself in Court, Paul Bergman, J.D. and Sara Berman, J.D.
 

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If you want to really get the law you see on TV's "Law and Order," this is the reference for you. Clear explanations and examples of most topics presented in a logical question and answer format. My ... Read full review

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An excellent and balanced guide to the state court criminal justice process, this book does not detail the differences of being charged in federal court, such as federal sentencing guidelines. Authors ... Read full review

Contents

Your Legal Companion
1
A WalkThrough of the Case of State v Andrea Davidson a Fictional Robbery Prosecution
3
Talking to the Police
11
Search and Seizure
37
Arrest When It Happens What It Means
79
Eyewitness Identification Psychology and Procedures
97
Booking and Bail Checking In and Out of Jail
113
From Suspect to Defendant
133
Preliminary Hearings
341
Fundamental Trial Rights of the Defense
353
Basic Evidence Rules in Criminal Trials
381
Motions and Their Role in Criminal Cases
413
Plea Bargains How Most Criminal Cases End
427
The Trial Process
445
Sentencing
475
Appeals
513

Criminal Defense Lawyers
155
Understanding the AttorneyClient Relationship in a Criminal Case
185
A Walk Through Criminal Court
203
Arraignment
217
Developing the Defense Strategy
229
Crimespeak Understanding the Language of Criminal Laws
243
Defensespeak Common Defenses to Criminal Charges
295
Discovery Exchanging Information With the Prosecution
321
Investigating the Facts
333
Victims and Victims Rights
527
The System at Work DUI Laws and Processes
535
Juvenile Courts and Procedures
551
Prisoners Rules
575
Glossary
597
Index
621
Book Registration and Updates
644
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About the author (2018)

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.) and Represent Yourself In Court and The Criminal Law Handbook (both with Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film.

Sara J. Berman received her law degree from UCLA. She is a Professor at the Concord University School of Law, and a founder of the PASS Online Bar Review (www.passlaw.com). She has authored several bar review course texts and legal articles, and has lectured extensively for BarPassers, West Bar Review, and the Practicing Law Institute. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice, legal writing and analysis, corporations law, and community property law. She is also the coauthor of Nolo's Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case.

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