Most people watch television shows such as Law and Order and see a simplified version of the world of cops and courtrooms. In fact, the American criminal justice system is one of the most complex legal establishments in the world. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Criminal Justice System de- mystifies the complexity of the judicial establishment and the bureaucracy behind it in a clear, jargon-free and detailed portrait so that any citizen can understand how it works.
-- Public is highly interested in criminal investigations and trials
-- Also a useful resource for people planning to enter these fields
-- Includes detailed glossary of legal terms
High-profile criminal trials have placed criminal law in the national spotlight. While these trials may contain straightforward factual circumstances, often the legal issues surrounding the criminal charges and defenses are complex and confusing. This book explains the basics of criminal law in an easy-to-understand format designed especially for the nonlawyer who has an interest in criminal law. The book approaches criminal law by discussing basic crimes and their elements to help readers understand the necessary requirements for charging and prosecuting crimes. To aid in understanding many of the concepts, the book includes numerous hypothetical situations that place some of the more difficult concepts in an everyday context, thereby making them more understandable. Criminal law defenses are also explored, in order to give readers an awareness of how and why some of the more popular defenses are presented in the criminal justice system. The book also provides an overview of the criminal trial process, from the arrest to the final verdict. Mack succeeds in demystifying criminal law by presenting it in an understandable format designed for the nonlegal scholar.
With detailed references to sources for readers wishing to delve deeper, the Guides are ideal for readers wishing to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities, regardless of whether they ultimately opt to hire a lawyer.
In addition to The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Contracts, Landlord-Tenant Relations, Marriage, Divorce, Personal Injury, Negligence, Constitutional Rights and Criminal Law for Non-Lawyers, readers may acquire the following individual titles:The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Relations for Non-LawyersThe Self-Help Guide to the Law: Contracts and Sales Agreements for Non-LawyersThe Self-Help Guide to the Law: Negligence and Personal Injury Law for Non-LawyersThe Self-Help Guide to the Law: Know Your Constitutional RightsThe Self-Help Guide to the Law: Criminal Law and Procedure for Non-Lawyers