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Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal, 5th Edition

By John L. Worrall

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 6, 2014


This comprehensive text uses a real world focus to cover all of criminal procedure, from first contact to appeal.


Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal, 5e is a comprehensive introduction to criminal procedure, from first contact with the police, all the way through to appeal. The text is divided into five parts: (1) Introduction; (2) Search and Seizure; (3) Interrogations, Confessions, and Identification Procedures; (4) The Beginnings of Formal Proceedings; and (5) Trial, Conviction, and Beyond. The latter two topics are rarely covered in conventional criminal procedure books, particularly at the level of detail found in this text. This book presupposes no legal expertise, connects criminal procedure cases to the real world through innovative pedagogy, and encourages students through numerous decision making exercises to be critical thinkers by putting them in the position of judge.


Teaching and Learning Experience


This book presents a comprehensive introduction to criminal procedure, thoroughly presenting basic legal concepts and issues in a conversational written style and tone. It provides:

  • Real World Focus: The text contains actual legal documents and excerpts from official policy manuals of police departments and other criminal justice agencies around the United States
  • Clear, up-to-date coverage: Sequentially organized text is laden with the latest court cases and practical examples and illustrations
  • Outstanding Pedagogical Features: Provides students with tools to master key concepts and content

Table of Contents

PART 1 Introduction 

Chapter 1    Introduction to Criminal Procedure

Chapter 2    Remedies


PART 2   Search and Seizure 

Chapter 3    Introduction to Search and Seizure

Chapter 4    Searches and Arrests with Warrants

Chapter 5    Searches and Arrests without Warrants

Chapter 6    Actions Based on Reasonable Suspicion

Chapter 7    Actions Based on Administrative Justification and Consent 


PART 3 Interrogations, Confessions and Identification Procedures 

Chapter 8    Interrogations and Confessions

Chapter 9    Identification Procedures and the Roles of Witnesses


Part 4 The Beginnings of Formal Proceedings 

Chapter 10  The Pretrial Process

Chapter 11  Prosecutors, Grand Juries and Defense Attorneys

Chapter 12  Plea Bargaining and Guilty Pleas 


Part 5 Trial, Conviction, and Beyond 

Chapter 13  Rights at Trial

Chapter 14  More Rights at Trial

Chapter 15  Sentencing, Appeals, and Habeas Corpus