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NCJ Number: 221647 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Law Today: An Introduction with Capstone Cases, Third Edition
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger Ph.D.
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 763
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall (Pearson Education)
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-170287-4
Sale Source: Prentice Hall (Pearson Education)
One Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook provides students with an appreciation for the fundamental nature of law, an overview of general legal principles, and an understanding of the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary form and function in American society.
Abstract: A chapter on the nature and history of criminal law considers the features and purpose of law, historical sources of current law, the Federal system, and the Model Penal Code. This is followed by a chapter on criminal liability and the essence of crime. A section on the adversarial system addresses standards of proof and criminal liability; and a section on the legal essence of criminal conduct discusses the criminal act, the offender's state of mind, and concurrence. Chapter 3 focuses on expansion of the concept of crime. It features discussions of corpus delicti, causation, resulting harm, the principle of legality, and necessary attendant circumstances. In discussing criminal liability, chapter 4 considers criminal attempt, criminal conspiracy, criminal solicitation, and parties to crime. Three chapters that address defenses to criminal charges feature justifications as defenses, excuses as defenses, and the defense of insanity. Two chapters on personal crime examine the legal and social dimensions of homicide, assault, battery, and other personal crime. A separate chapter covers the legal and social dimensions of property and computer crimes. Two chapters explore offenses against public order and the administration of justice as well as offenses against public morality. Chapters 13 and 14 focus on issues related to victims and the law along with punishment and sentencing. Each chapter has a summary, questions for discussion, legal resources on the Internet, suggested readings and classic works, and "capstone" cases. Appended U.S. Constitution, excerpts of the Model Penal Code, a glossary, table of cases, and subject index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Attempted crimes; Computer related crime; Conspiracy; Criminal law; Criminal Solicitation; Homicide; Insanity defense; Justifiable homicide; Legal liability; Moral-decency crimes; Property crimes; Public order offenses; Punishment; Sentencing/Sanctions; Victim services; Victims rights
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