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Basic Criminal Law: The Constitution, Procedure, and Crimes

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-02-03
  • Publisher: PEARSON
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For courses in criminal law and criminal procedure (as well as supplementary readings in constitutional law) in the paralegal and more general criminal justice programs.

A comprehensive, well-organized approach to understanding key legal concepts and developing the essential skills and hands-on experience needed to enter the legal profession
Basic Criminal Law, Fifth Edition, provides a thorough grounding in criminal law, its history, how it is practiced today, and what trends will take it into the future. Rich with features that guide readers through the history of criminal law, the crimes themselves, and specific legal procedures, this text offers numerous opportunities to develop the real-world skills needed to enter the workforce. The Fifth Edition includes: insights from current and high-profile key cases; new You Make the Call sections; a revised chapter on sex crimes; a revised appeals section; updated crime statistics and definitions; updated evidence concept sections; and enhanced practical tips and strategies.

Author Biography

Anniken U. Davenport holds a JD from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and has served as an assistant district attorney in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, where she handled numerous criminal jury and bench trials, as well as appellate work. In addition, she was a prosecutor for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs at the Pennsylvania Department of State, where she worked with state and federal agencies on cases involving physician insurance fraud, drug and alcohol abuse, and misuse of DEA registration.

Ms. Davenport also holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and serves as an adjunct instructor of legal subjects at Harrisburg Area Community College. She has taught at Penn State University and directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College, where she first developed Basic Criminal Law and first tested it in the classroom.

Table of Contents



About the Author 

1. What Is Criminal Law? 

2. What Is a Crime? 

3. Crimes Against the Person: Murder 

4. Crimes Against the Person: Sex Crimes 

5. Crimes Against the Person: Other Violent Crimes 

6. Crimes Against Property 

7. Social Crimes 

8. Treason, Terrorism, and Wartime Criminal Justice 

9. Crimes Against the State 

10. Common Law Defenses 

11. Constitutional Rights Before Arrest 

12. Constitutional Rights After Arrest 

13. The Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury 

14. Constitutional Rights Postconviction 





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