Criminal Law
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Criminal Law

By Lisa Storm
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Book Description

Welcome to Criminal Law, your guide to a fascinating yet challenging topic. This engaging and interactive textbook will enhance your ability to be successful in academics or a career in criminal justice.

Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied approach. First, after building a strong foundation from scratch, Criminal Law introduces you to crimes and defenses that have been broken down into separate components. It is so much easier to memorize and comprehend the subject matter when it is simplified this way. However, becoming proficient in the law takes more than just memorization. You must be trained to take the laws you have studied and apply them to various fact patterns. Most students are expected to do this automatically, but application must be seen, experienced, and practiced before it comes naturally. Thus the second step of the applied approach is reviewing examples of the application of law to facts after dissecting and analyzing each legal concept. Some of the examples come from cases, and some are purely fictional. All the examples are memorable, even quirky, so they will stick in your mind and be available when you need them the most (like during an exam). After a few chapters, you will notice that you no longer obsess over an explanation that doesn’t completely make sense the first time you read it—you will just skip to the example. The examples clarify the principles for you, lightening the workload significantly.

Current versions including print are available via the author's web site.

Table of Contents
  • Criminal Law
  • Publisher Information
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • 1.3 The Difference between Civil and Criminal Law
  • 1.4 Classification of Crimes
  • 1.5 The Purposes of Punishment
  • 1.6 Sources of Law
  • 1.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 2: The Legal System in the United States
  • 2.1 Federalism
  • 2.2 The Branches of Government
  • 2.3 The Court System
  • 2.4 The Burden of Proof
  • 2.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 3: Constitutional Protections
  • 3.1 Applicability of the Constitution
  • 3.2 The Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses
  • 3.3 Freedom of Speech
  • 3.4 The Right to Privacy
  • 3.5 The Right to Bear Arms
  • 3.6 Excessive Punishment
  • 3.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 4: The Elements of a Crime
  • 4.1 Criminal Elements
  • 4.2 Criminal Intent
  • 4.3 Causation and Harm
  • 4.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 5: Criminal Defenses, Part 1
  • 5.1 Criminal Defenses
  • 5.2 Self-Defense
  • 5.3 Other Use-of-Force Defenses
  • 5.4 Defenses Based on Choice
  • 5.5 Consent
  • 5.6 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 6: Criminal Defenses, Part 2
  • 6.1 The Insanity Defense
  • 6.2 Infancy, Intoxication, Ignorance, and Mistake
  • 6.3 Entrapment
  • 6.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 7: Parties to Crime
  • 7.1 Parties to Crime
  • 7.2 Vicarious Liability
  • 7.3 Accessory
  • 7.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 8: Inchoate Offenses
  • 8.1 Attempt
  • 8.2 Conspiracy
  • 8.3 Solicitation
  • 8.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 9: Criminal Homicide
  • 9.1 Homicide
  • 9.2 Murder
  • 9.3 First-Degree Murder
  • 9.4 Felony Murder
  • 9.5 Second-Degree Murder
  • 9.6 Manslaughter
  • 9.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 10: Sex Offenses and Crimes Involving Force, Fear, and Physical Restraint
  • 10.1 Sex Offenses
  • 10.2 Assault and Battery
  • 10.3 Domestic Violence and Stalking
  • 10.4 Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
  • 10.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 11: Crimes against Property
  • 11.1 Nonviolent Theft Crimes
  • 11.2 Extortion, Robbery, and Receiving Stolen Property
  • 11.3 Crimes That Invade or Damage Property
  • 11.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 12: Crimes against the Public
  • 12.1 Quality-of-Life Crimes
  • 12.2 Crimes Targeting Group Conduct
  • 12.3 Vice Crimes
  • 12.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 13: Crimes against the Government
  • 13.1 Crimes Involving National Security
  • 13.2 Crimes Involving Terrorism
  • 13.3 Perjury, Bribery, and Obstruction of Justice
  • 13.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 14: Appendix A: Case Listings
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