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Criminal Law Today, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Frank J. Schmalleger, Daniel Hall

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Mar 28, 2013

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For courses in criminal law.


Bringing criminal law to life.


Criminal Law Today, Fifth Edition, brings criminal law to life by relating it to real stories from today’s headlines. The text’s approach is strongly influenced by the belief that the law has always been, and remains, a vital policy-making tool. As a topic for study and discussion, the nature and life of the law is more important today than ever before. The text highlights the challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society and features a balanced text/casebook approach that provides a lively introduction to criminal law. Effective in-text learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text.


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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1      The Nature and History of Criminal Law

CHAPTER 2      Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime

CHAPTER 3      Expanding the Concept of Crime

CHAPTER 4      Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses and Parties to Crime

CHAPTER 5      Justifications as Defenses

CHAPTER 6      Defenses: Excuses and Insanity

CHAPTER 7      Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide

CHAPTER 8      Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, and Other Personal Crimes

CHAPTER 9      Legal and Social Dimensions of Property and Computer Crimes

CHAPTER 10    Offenses against Public Order and the Administration of Justice

CHAPTER 11    Terrorism and Human Trafficking Offenses against Public Morality

CHAPTER 12    Offenses against Public Morality Terrorism and Human Trafficking

CHAPTER 13    Victims and the Law

CHAPTER 14    Punishment and Sentencing

APPENDIX A   How to Brief a Case

APPENDIX B   The Constitution of the United States of America

APPENDIX C   Model Penal Code Excerpts


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Criminal Law Today, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition
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$63.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-302641-2