Criminal Law Today: An Introduction with Capstone Cases (3rd Edition)

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This book is designed to introduce readers to the fundamental nature of law, to give them an overview of general legal principles, and to help them develop a special understanding of the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary form and function in today's American society. Real stories and photographs of contemporary situations and issues bring the content to life, and Capstone Cases provide insights into the everyday workings of American jurisprudence and illustrate the logic by which appellate decisions are made. This volume provides complete coverage of the nature and history of criminal law, criminal liability and the essence of crime, the concept of crime, justifications as defenses, excuses as defenses, the defense of insanity, legal and social dimensions of homicide, assault, battery, and other personal crimes, property and computer crimes, offenses against public order and the administration of justice, offenses against public morality, victims and the law, and punishment and sentencing. For individuals interested in criminal law and its function in society.

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Criminal Law Today is written for college, university, and law school students taking their first course in criminal law. Criminal Law Today provides an appreciation for the fundamental nature of law, an overview of general legal principles, and a special understanding of the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary form and function in American society today.

Criminal Law Today builds upon real-life chapter-opening stories, attention-getting images, "Criminal Law in the News" features, "Law on the Books" boxes, and special end-of-chapter "Capstone Cases" to bring the law to life. This book also illustrates the role of criminal law as a policy-making tool, and identifies the challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of our complex and rapidly-changing society. Special features found throughout the text include:

  • Attention-getting, real-life, chapter-opening stories
  • Web-Extras! (from sites like Britannica Online, the American Bar Association, the ACLU, Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia, and Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute) that link students to the latest relevant legal information via the World Wide Web
  • "Criminal Law in the News" boxes produced by award-winning journalists, and highlighting critical legal issues in today's world
  • "Law on the Books" features demonstrating jurisdictional variation in the law
  • "Law in Practice" boxes illustrating major points from court opinions and other legal sources
  • A focused learning environment built around clearly identified chapter-specific learning objectives, terms to know, bulleted chapter summaries, and discussion questions placed strategically throughout the book
  • Capstone Cases at the end of each chapter illustrating important legal principles
  • A running marginal glossary, along with a complete end-of-text glossary defining critical terms
  • End-of-chapter "Legal Resources on the World Wide Web" sections that provide links to Web sites like FedLaw, FindLaw, Law Guru, Laws.com, The Legal Pad, Lexis One, Mega Law, Versus Law, Virtual Chase, and much more!
  • Separate chapters on high-technology crimes and applicable statutes, victims and the laws supporting and protecting victims of crimes, and the insanity defense and related issues
  • A comprehensive Criminal Law Today site, where Web-based resources are conveniently linked to key ideas in the text

Visit the Criminal Law Today web site at: www.prenhall.com/schmalleger. For instructors needing copies of our extensive supplements package, please contact us at: cjcustomerservice@prenhall.com.

From the Back Cover:

This book provides an introduction to the fundamental nature of law, an overview of general legal principles, and a survey of the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary form and function in today's American society. It features real stories and photographs of contemporary situations and issues, and Capstone Cases that provide insights into the everyday workings of American jurisprudence and illustrate the logic by which appellate decisions are made. Illustrates the multiplicity of legal perspectives found at federal, state, and local levels. Shows the inevitable link between matters of the criminal law and contemporary social issues. Includes strong coverage of the defense of insanity and related issues, high-technology crimes and relevant laws, victims, and the laws supporting and protecting crime victims. For those interested in criminal law and procedure and the administration of justice.

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