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  • Essentials of Criminal Law, 11/e
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Known for its straightforward and non-legalese approach,Essentials of Criminal Law10e, continues to deliver a clear, concise and lively introduction to criminal law. This best-selling book includes coverage of all the latest legal issues and Supreme Court decisions, and presents thought-provoking questions and real-life case studies that stimulate critical thinking and debate. Taking a broader approach, this edition is updated throughout and includes revised sections on insanity, hate crimes, drugs, juveniles and the death penalty, and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.For police officers and other criminal justice practitioners.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Historical Background of Criminal Lawp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Nature of Lawp. 1
Definition of Crimep. 3
Early Development of Criminal Lawp. 4
Legal Systems and the Beginning of Common Lawp. 5
Common Law in the United Statesp. 6
Fundamentals of Criminal Lawp. 9
Introductionp. 9
Morality and the Lawp. 9
Classification of Crimesp. 10
Enactment and Interpretation of Statutesp. 12
Ex Post Facto Lawsp. 15
Status of Municipal Ordinancesp. 17
Corpus Delictip. 18
Lesser and Greater Included Offensesp. 19
Jurisdictionp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Territorial Aspects of Jurisdictionp. 24
Jurisdiction over the Personp. 26
Jurisdiction over the Subject Matterp. 27
Concurrent or Overlapping Jurisdictionp. 29
Venue and Its Relation to Jurisdictionp. 30
Internet Jurisdictionp. 30
The Criminal Actp. 34
Introductionp. 34
Possession as an Actp. 35
Procuring as an Actp. 36
Status as an Actp. 37
Methods Used to Commit the Actp. 38
Crime by Omission or Negative Actp. 38
Causationp. 39
Attemptp. 41
Assault Distinguished from Attemptp. 46
Conspiracyp. 47
Solicitationp. 50
Party to Crime: Participationp. 50
Vicarious Liabilityp. 55
The Mental Elementp. 58
Introductionp. 58
Intentp. 59
Types of Intent (Mens Rea)p. 61
Recklessnessp. 62
Negligencep. 63
The Mental Element in Mala Prohibita Offensesp. 65
Matters Affecting Criminal Responsibility: Affirmative Defensesp. 68
Introductionp. 68
Insanityp. 69
Alibip. 72
Intoxicationp. 72
Immunityp. 74
Statute of Limitationsp. 75
Mistake of Factp. 76
Mistake of Lawp. 77
Entrapmentp. 78
Consentp. 80
Duressp. 81
Necessityp. 83
Religious Beliefp. 84
Customp. 86
Victim's Guiltp. 86
Selective Enforcementp. 86
Use of Force as a Defensep. 88
Double Jeopardyp. 94
Crimes Incidental to Each Otherp. 95
Battered Spouse Syndrome as a Defensep. 95
Assault and Related Crimesp. 101
Introductionp. 101
Simple Assaultp. 101
Assault and Battery (Battery)p. 103
Statutory Assault and Batteryp. 104
Domestic Violencep. 105
Assault on Sports Officialsp. 107
Mayhemp. 108
Stalkingp. 109
Hate Crimep. 111
Homicidep. 116
Introductionp. 116
Noncriminal Homicidep. 117
Criminal Homicidep. 118
Suicidep. 132
Assisted Suicidep. 132
Sex Offenses and Offenses to the Family Relationshipp. 137
Introductionp. 137
Forcible Rapep. 138
Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Batteryp. 144
Statutory Rapep. 145
Seductionp. 147
Fornication and Adulteryp. 147
Incestp. 147
Abortionp. 148
Sodomyp. 150
Indecent Exposurep. 150
Obscenityp. 151
Prostitution and Related Offensesp. 154
Bigamy and Polygamyp. 155
Sexual Predator and Sexual Offenderp. 155
Theftp. 159
Introductionp. 159
Larcenyp. 160
Embezzlementp. 169
Obtaining Property by Fraudulent Meansp. 170
Receiving or Concealing Stolen Propertyp. 173
Other Types of Theftp. 179
Robberyp. 184
Introductionp. 184
Definition of Robberyp. 184
The Taking in Robberyp. 185
Force or Threat of Force in Robberyp. 188
Modern Robbery: Statutory Modificationsp. 190
Carjackingp. 191
Burglary and Related Offensesp. 194
Introductionp. 194
Definition of Burglaryp. 194
Statutory Modificationsp. 201
Home Invasionp. 202
Arsonp. 205
Introductionp. 205
Willful and Malicious Intentp. 205
Burningp. 206
Dwelling Housep. 206
Another Personp. 207
Statutory Modifications of Arsonp. 207
Burning with Intent to Defraud an Insurerp. 208
Problems of Proving an Arson Casep. 209
Forgery and Related Offensesp. 212
Introductionp. 212
Committing Forgeryp. 212
Uttering a Forged Instrumentp. 216
Making and Uttering Worthless Checksp. 217
Counterfeitingp. 219
False Imprisonment, Abduction, and Kidnappingp. 223
Introductionp. 223
False Imprisonmentp. 223
Abductionp. 226
Kidnappingp. 227
Crimes Involving Narcotic Drugs and Alcoholic Beveragesp. 234
Introduction: Narcotics Legislationp. 234
Analysis of the Uniform Controlled Substances Actp. 236
Acquisition, Possession, and Use of Narcotic Drugsp. 238
Crimes Involving the Use, Sale, and Manufacture of Alcoholic Beveragesp. 241
Crimes Involving the Manufacture and Sale of Alcoholic Beveragesp. 241
Public Drunkennessp. 242
Extortion, Blackmail, and Briberyp. 245
Introductionp. 245
Extortionp. 245
Blackmailp. 247
Briberyp. 247
Other Crimes Chargeable Against Public Officialsp. 248
Offenses by and Against Juvenilesp. 250
Introductionp. 250
Who Is a Juvenile?p. 251
Makeup of the Juvenile Court Systemp. 252
Changing Philosophyp. 253
Juvenile Court Jurisdictionp. 253
Child Abusep. 256
Child Molestingp. 257
Battered Child Syndromep. 257
Juveniles and the Internetp. 257
Assault on Schoolteachersp. 258
Vicarious Liability and Parental Responsibilityp. 260
Imposition of the Death Penalty on Juvenilesp. 261
Future of the Juvenile Court Systemp. 262
Traffic Offensesp. 265
Introductionp. 265
Moving and Non-moving Violations: Signs and Signalsp. 266
Territorial Application of Traffic Lawsp. 266
Who Must Obey Traffic Laws?p. 267
Parking and Related Offensesp. 267
Speeding Offensesp. 268
Racingp. 269
Driving Under the Influencep. 270
Reckless Drivingp. 272
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Officerp. 272
Vehicular Homicidep. 272
Hit and Runp. 273
Doctrine of Lesser Included Offenses and Traffic Lawsp. 274
Can There Be a Defense for Mala Prohibita Offenses?p. 274
Driving with a Suspended Licensep. 275
Criminal or Civil?p. 275
Crimes Affecting the Judicial Processp. 279
Introductionp. 279
Perjuryp. 279
Subornation of Perjuryp. 283
Embraceryp. 284
Escape, Rescue, and Prison Breakp. 285
Obstruction of Justicep. 289
Criminal Contemptp. 290
Crimes Against Public Orderp. 294
Introductionp. 294
Unlawful Assembly, Rout, and Riotp. 294
Affrayp. 295
Breach of the Peace, Disturbing the Peace, and Disorderly Conductp. 296
Nuisancep. 297
Malicious Mischief, Malicious Destruction of Property, Vandalism and Criminal Mischiefp. 297
Trespass of Real Propertyp. 298
Vagrancyp. 299
False Public Alarm, Harassment, and Violation of Privacyp. 300
Gambling and Related Offensesp. 301
Organized, White-Collar, and Commercial Crimesp. 305
Introductionp. 305
Organized Crimep. 307
White-Collar and Commercial Crimesp. 311
Environmental Crimep. 313
Insurance Fraudp. 314
Indexp. 333
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