The Criminal Law Handbook

The Criminal Law Handbook

Know your Rights, Survive the System

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Nolo Press
Criminal law rules and procedures, explained in plain English.

The criminal justice system becomes increasingly complex each year as new laws and decisions can change legal standards dramatically. And at a time when even law enforcement is being affected by hiring freezes and budget cuts, the result is fewer resources and public programs for those accused of crimes, and their friends and families. That's why it's crucial that you have access to clear and complete explanations of all aspects of criminal law and procedure.

The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case, from cops to crooks. Find out everything you've ever wanted to know about how the system works, and the how and why police, lawyers and judges doing what they do.

The revised 11th edition covers all new Supreme Court rulings, as well as completely updated, meticulously researched changes to case law and new information on domestic violence law.

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Written in plain language in question-and-answer format, this resource for general readers explains the criminal justice system from police questioning through prisoner's rights, with examples illustrating specific questions, sample dialogues of court proceedings, sample documents used in the criminal justice process, and walk-throughs of two drunk driving cases. Search and seizure, arrest, booking and bail, different types of lawyers, and defense strategies are all covered. Also covered are understanding the language of criminal laws, evidence rules, sentencing, and juvenile courts. A final chapter explains how to research the law in a law library and on the Internet. A 20-page glossary of legal terms is included. The book will be useful to those who have been arrested, crime victims, social workers and counselors, and fans of courtroom drama shows. This 11th edition is updated to cover recent changes to criminal law and US Supreme Court cases. Bergman teaches law at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law. Berman is an attorney and professor. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Add to this confusion the budget cuts and hiring freezes that have hit law enforcement, and the result, according to a recent Washington Post article (February 8, 2009) is, in short, “Less Cash, More Crime.” With fewer available resources and programs to assist, people accused of crimes, and their friends and families, can turn to The Criminal Law Handbook for clear and thorough explanations about every part of a criminal case. Readers, including those enchanted with contemporary cop and courtroom dramas—from CSI to The Wire—will learn everything they need to know about how the system works, and why police, lawyers and judges do what they do. It covers: • arrests, booking and preliminary hearings • charges, bail and arraignment • search and seizure • evidence and defense • trials • plea bargains and sentencing • special concerns of juvenile cases • "crimespeak," the language commonly used in criminal statutes The 11th edition has been meticulously researched and updated to reflect recent changes to criminal law, and includes information on the latest Supreme Court rulings.
The criminal justice system—from searches to sentencing—explained in plain-English.

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2009.
Edition: 11th ed.
ISBN: 9781413310535
Characteristics: 678 p. ; 23 cm.


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