Criminal Law Today

Series
Pearson
Author
Frank Schmalleger / Daniel E. Hall  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
608
Pub.-date
January 2016
ISBN13
9780134163734
ISBN
0134163737
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Description

For courses in Criminal Law.

 

Bringing criminal law to life.

Criminal Law Today, 6/e, brings criminal law to life by relating it to real stories from today’s headlines. The text’s approach is strongly influenced by the belief that the law has always been, and remains, a vital policy-making tool. As a topic for study and discussion, the nature and life of the law is more important today than ever before. The text highlights the challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society and features a balanced text/casebook approach that provides a lively introduction to criminal law. Effective in-text learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text.

 

To give your students the most accurate picture of criminal law today, the material on law and crime is updatedthroughout the Sixth Edition. New cases and stories drawn from recent real-life events are included to draw readers into the material and help them contextualize how theory translates into practice.

 

Criminal Law Today, 6/e, is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.

Features

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Provides a balanced text/casebook approach. The text features an accessible, comprehensive overview of criminal law supplemented by numerous chapter-ending Capstone Cases.
  • UPDATED: New real-life Capstone Cases bring the material to life and give students practice reading judicial cases.
  • This format meets the needs of instructors who prefer a textbook and instructors that prefer a casebook.
  • Makes content memorable. Chapter-opening stories drawn from real events capture students’ attention and introduce concepts and issues that will be discussed in each chapter.
    • UPDATED: New chapter-opening stories in many chapters make the material easier to understand and remember when students can relate it to real events.
  • Engages students with practical examples. Throughout the text, boxed features engage students by showing how criminal law is in practice today.
    • UPDATED: Criminal Law in the News boxes present stories from recent headlines that illustrate important concepts presented in the text.
    • Law in Practice boxes illustrate real-life examples of criminal law in action.
    • Law on the Books boxes present specific examples of various criminal codes from across the United States.
  • Promotes visual learning. Numerous photographs and illustrations provide visual reinforcement for the issues and concepts presented in the text.
    • These powerful graphic elements help today’s visual learners better understand key criminal law concepts.
  • Supports learning. Effective learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text.
    • Learning Objectives in every chapter help students focus on important learning goals.
    • Questions for Discussion reinforce law and facts.
    • Critical Thinking and Applications Problems build higher-order skills.
    • The Glossary serves as a quick resource for students to reinforce learning new terms.  
    • Suggested Readings at the close of each chapter enable students to extend their learning.
  • Keeps your course current. To give your students the most accurate picture of criminal law today, the material on law and crime is updated throughout the text.
    • UPDATED: To offer a more thorough discussion of law and how it relates to current high-profile cases, information is included on: felony murder; proximity (James Brady death); an expanded and more thorough discussion of entrapment and insanity defenses (Ch. 6); rape; and the discussion of use of force– including by police–was enhanced to include recent shootings in Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere.

    Criminal Law Today, 6/e, is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.


    Additional student resources including full copies of the Capstone Cases, Guide to Legal Citations,  the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, and legal resource links are available to students at the book website located at www.pearsonhghered.com/careersresources,

  • New to this Edition

    Criminal Law Today, 6/e, is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.

    • Provides a balanced text/casebook approach. The text features an accessible, comprehensive overview of criminal law supplemented by numerous chapter-ending Capstone Cases.
      • New real-life Capstone Cases bring the material to life and give students practice reading judicial cases.
      • This format meets the needs of instructors who prefer a textbook and instructors that prefer a casebook.
    • Makes content memorable. Chapter-opening stories drawn from real events capture students’ attention and introduce concepts and issues that will be discussed in each chapter.
      • New chapter-opening stories in many chapters make the material easier to understand and remember when students can relate it to real events.
    • Engages students with practical examples. Throughout the text, boxed features engage students by showing how criminal law is in practice today.
      • Criminal Law in the News boxes present stories from recent headlines that illustrate important concepts presented in the text.
    • Keeps your course current. To give your students the most accurate picture of criminal law today, the material on law and crime is updated throughout the text.
      • To offer a more thorough discussion of law and how it relates to current high-profile cases, information is included on: felony murder; proximity (James Brady death); an expanded and more thorough discussion of entrapment and insanity defenses (Ch. 6); rape; and the discussion of use of force– including by police–was enhanced to include recent shootings in Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere.

     

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 The Nature and History of Criminal Law 1

    Chapter 2 Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime 39

    Chapter 3 Expanding the Concept of Crime 66

    Chapter 4 Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses and Parties to Crime 92

    Chapter 5 Justifications as Defenses 128

    Chapter 6 Defenses: Excuses and Insanity 153

    Chapter 7 Crimes Against Persons: Homicide 212

    Chapter 8 Crimes Against Persons: Assault, Sex Offenses, and Other Crimes 244

    Chapter 9 Property and Computer Crimes 274

    Chapter 10 Offenses against Public Order and the Administration of Justice 323

    Chapter 11 Offenses against Public Morality 366

    Chapter 12 Terrorism and Human Trafficking 404

    Chapter 13 Victims and the Law 429

    Chapter 14 Punishment and Sentencing 465

    Apendix A H ow to Brief a Case A -1

    Apendix B Model Penal Code Excerpts A -4

    Glossary G-1

    Table of Cases I-1

    Index I-5

     

    Back Cover

    Bringing criminal law to life.

    Criminal Law Today, 6/e, brings criminal law to life by relating it to real stories from today’s headlines. The text’s approach is strongly influenced by the belief that the law has always been, and remains, a vital policy-making tool. As a topic for study and discussion, the nature and life of the law is more important today than ever before. The text highlights the challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society and features a balanced text/casebook approach that provides a lively introduction to criminal law. Effective in-text learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text.

     

    To give your students the most accurate picture of criminal law today, the material on law and crime is updatedthroughout the Sixth Edition. New cases and stories drawn from recent real-life events are included to draw readers into the material and help them contextualize how theory translates into practice.

    Author

    Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He chaired the university’s department of sociology, social work, and criminal justice for almost 20 years – while specializing in research in crime and delinquency. He has taught dozens of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in both on-ground and on-line environments.  Schmalleger is the author of many books and journal articles, including the standard-setting Criminal Justice Today, 14/e (Pearson); Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 12/e (Pearson); Criminology Today, 8/e (Pearson); Criminology, 3/e (Pearson); Criminal Law Today, 6/e (Pearson); Corrections in the Twenty-First Century, 6/e (McGraw-Hill; with John Smykla); Courts and Criminal Justice in America (Pearson; with Larry Siegel and John Worrall); Juvenile Delinquency, 10/e (Pearson; with Clem Bartollas); and Policing, 2/e (Pearson; with John Worrall). Schmalleger has worked with U.S. military personnel -- primarily members of the Army’s CID, MP’s, Air Force SP’s and members of Air Force OSI from the late 1970s to the early 1990s helping officers make successful transition to civilian life. Schmalleger’s philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: “In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person’s interest—be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must in some way help solve those problems.

     

    Daniel E. Hall, J.D., Ed.D. earned his B.S. at Indiana University, Juris Doctor at Washburn University, and Doctor of Education in higher education curriculum and instruction at University of Central Florida. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He practiced law both in the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has been on the faculties of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at University of Central Florida, Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Toledo, and the Department of Justice and Community Studies at Miami University, where he is presently professor and department chair. Dr. Hall is also visiting professor of law at Sun Yat-sen University in the People’s Republic of China. He is the author of over 20 public law textbooks, including revisions, and a dozen law and social science articles on justice subjects. You can learn more about Daniel at www.danielhall.org and he may be contacted at hallslawbooks@gmail.com.