Essentials of Criminal Law

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Neil E. Chamelin / Andrew C Thomas  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
11
Language
English
Total pages
312
Pub.-date
October 2011
ISBN13
9780135110577
ISBN
0135110572
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Description

For all courses on criminal law in criminal justice or affiliated programs; and for other general criminal law courses offered at any institution of higher education.

 

ESSENTIALS OF CRIMINAL LAW, 11/e is an easy-to-read, clear, and comprehensive introduction to criminal law for criminal justice majors and non-majors at all levels. Avoiding overly complex issues, it explains key principles through real-world examples, so they can be easily and quickly understood. Thoroughly reviewed and revised for even greater clarity and relevance, this edition contains multiple examples from drawn from The American Law Institute's Model Penal Code. Even more than previous editions, it goes beyond a pure “law enforcement” orientation, offering a broader and more all-encompassing approach to criminal law. This edition also contains extensive updates to reflect the latest changes in statutory and case law; notably, revisions related to narcotics law, juvenile offenses, forgery and counterfeiting. 

Features

For all courses on criminal law in criminal justice or affiliated programs; and for other general criminal law courses offered at any institution of higher education.

 

ESSENTIALS OF CRIMINAL LAW, 11/e is an easy-to-read, clear, and comprehensive introduction to criminal law for criminal justice majors and non-majors at all levels. Avoiding overly complex issues, it explains key principles through real-world examples, so they can be easily and quickly understood. Thoroughly reviewed and revised for even greater clarity and relevance, this edition contains multiple examples from drawn from The American Law Institute's Model Penal Code. Even more than previous editions, it goes beyond a pure “law enforcement” orientation, offering a broader and more all-encompassing approach to criminal law. This edition also contains extensive updates to reflect the latest changes in statutory and case law; notably, revisions related to narcotics law, juvenile offenses, forgery and counterfeiting. 

 

Hallmark Features

 

Easy to read and use-avoiding complex issues and legalese, and explaining key principles in straightforward language any student can understand

  • Helps students succeed regardless of their background or educational goals 

Focus on fundamental principles-exploring the nature, elements, and issues associated with proving specific substantive crimes

  • Helps students understand the fundamental principles upon which substantive criminal law is based

American Law Institute Model Penal Code Statutes throughout-boxed for easy access, and used as a foundation for thorough discussions of core common law principles

  • Gives students a clear, relevant basis for understanding how core principles are translated into modern law

Topical outlines-at the beginning of every chapter

  • Help students understand exactly what they will be learning in each chapter

Discussion Questions-including 5-10 objective review questions, with many practical problem-solving exercises

  • Test student knowledge, building mastery and critical thinking skills

Glossaries in each chapter-defining all key terms

  • Ensure that students always have easy access to definitions, so jargon never stands in the way of understanding

Numerous case studies throughout-showing how criminal law concepts are actually applied in real cases

  • Stimulates critical thinking and class discussions

Anecdotes in boxed sidebars-linking criminal law concepts to intriguing (and sometimes even entertaining) examples

  • Promotes greater reader interest throughout 

New to this Edition

New! Universal application-revised to go beyond law enforcement, and become even more relevant to all students interested in criminal justice

  • Gives students a broader understanding of criminal law, and supports students pursuing a wider range of curricula and career options 

Improved! Thoroughly reviewed, simplified, and updated throughout-improving flow; eliminating confusing, redundant, and irrelevant materials; and making this text the most readable, accessible, and relevant book of its type

  • Enables students to learn more simply and intuitively  

Updated! Revised chapter on forgery and related topics-including uttering, counterfeiting, and passing worthless checks

  • Teaches students current statutory and case law related to forgery, uttering, and counterfeiting

New! Changes in narcotics laws and enforcement-including the emergence of medical marijuana

  • Helps students understand the important recent evolution of drug-related law and law enforcement

Improved! Completely reorganized, simplified, and updated chapter on Offenses By and Against Juveniles-including coverage of recent United States Supreme Court law affecting maximum punishments for juveniles

  • Covers significant changes in the way criminal law treats juvenile offenders and those who commit crimes against juveniles 

Expanded! Contains many more references to the impact of the Internet on crime-as well as coverage of other new and related technologies

  • Helps students understand the extensive and growing connections between the Internet and criminal law

New! Updated references and footnotes throughout-for both students and instructors

  • Gives students access to up-to-date information for further exploration and study

Table of Contents

Preface   

1. Historical Background of Criminal Law   

2. Fundamentals of Criminal Law   

3. Jurisdiction   

4. The Criminal Act   

5. The Mental Element   

6. Matters Affecting Criminal Responsibility: Affirmative Defenses   

7. Assault and Related Crimes   

8. Homicide   

9. Sex Offenses and Offenses to the Family Relationship   

10. Theft   

11. Robbery   

12. Burglary and Related Offenses   

13. Arson   

14. Forgery, Uttering and Counterfeiting   

15. False Imprisonment, Abduction, and Kidnapping   

16. Crimes Involving Narcotic Drugs and Alcoholic Beverages   

17. Extortion, Blackmail, and Bribery   

18. Offenses By and Against Juveniles   

19. Traffic Offenses   

20. Crimes Affecting the Judicial Process   

21. Crimes against Public Order   

22. Organized, White-Collar, and Commercial Crimes   


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