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The Criminal Law Handbook


The best plain-English book on criminal law available! The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Fortunately, you can turn to this book for clear and complete explanations. The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case. Find out everything you've ever wanted to know about how the system works and why police, lawyers and judges do what they do.

It covers:
arrests booking preliminary hearings charges bail courts arraignment search and seizure defenses evidence trials plea bargains sentencing juveniles "crimespeak," the language commonly used in criminal statutes and much more The 9th edition covers all of the latest Supreme Court cases and changes in criminal law.
No one's above the law, but nearly everyone breaks it at some point or another. Whether it's flashing lights pulling you over to the side or an auditor looking grimly through your tax receipts, there may come a time when you'll want to know more, in a personal sort of way, about arraignments and voir dire, habeas corpus, and just how bail works. Lawyers Bergman and Berman-Barrett cover it all in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner. Addressing police questioning and the law of search and seizure, criminal defense options and common defense strategies, acceptable courtroom behavior, basic criminal trial rules, and a walk through the trial process to parole, this is a strikingly accessible tome of information one hopes to never need. But in the event that you do, it's here and available in the kind of language you can understand and the wealth of detail and example you can use.

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