Basic Criminal Law: The Constitution, Procedure, and Crimes, 5th edition

  • Anniken Davenport


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.

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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Published by Pearson (April 4th 2017) - Copyright © 2018