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Criminal Law Today, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Frank J. Schmalleger, Daniel E. Hall, John J. Dolatowski

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jul 15, 2009

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For courses in Criminal Law

It brings the criminal law to life by relating it to real-life stories taken from today’s headlines.


The approach has been 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 challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society are highlighted in this text and serve to emphasize for readers the contemporary relevance of our ever-evolving American criminal law.


Featuring a balanced text/casebook approach to meet the needs of instructors who prefer a textbook and instructors that prefer a casebook, Criminal Law Today 3e gives students and instructors an accessible, lively introduction to criminal law. Chapter-opening real-life stories and boxed features that illustrate criminal law in practice help students connect criminal law to real life, and a complete suite of in-text learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  The Nature & History of Criminal Law

Chapter 2:  Criminal Liability & the Elements of Crimes

Chapter 3:  Expanding the Concept of Crime

Chapter 4:  Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses & Parties to Crime

Chapter 5:  Justifications as Defenses

Chapter 6:  Excuses as Defenses

Chapter 7:  Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide

Chapter 8:  Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, and other Personal Crimes

Chapter 9:  Legal & Social Dimensions of Property & Computer Crimes

Chapter 10:  Offenses Against Public Order & the Administration of Justice

Chpater 11:  Terrorism and Human Trafficking

Chapter 12:  Offenses Against Public Morality

Chapter 13:  Victims and the Law

Chapter 14:  Punishment & Sentencing


Appendix A:  The Constitution of the United States of America

Appendix B:  Model Penal Code Excerpts



Table of Cases

Subject Index

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$57.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-506002-5