This paperback text, briefer and significantly less expensive than its competitors, presents the basic concepts and principles of criminal law. The authors present the material in a straightforward and easy-to-read-and-understand format. They provide prevailing positions on specific issues, without going into lengthy explanations of majority and minority positions. This clarity of presentation allows them to include material not often found in other criminal law texts, such as white collar crime, victimless crime, political crime, and non- political crimes against the government. Companion materials, found at www.mycrimekit.com include a student study guide and casebook.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Sources of Criminal Law. Punishment. Principles of Criminal Responsibility. Morals Versus Law. Classification of Crimes. Origins of Criminal Law. Case Law. Reform of Criminal Law. Police Powers of Government. 2. Limitations on Criminal Liability. Bill of Rights. Eighth Amendment. Due Process. Jurisdiction. Social Harm. Right to Privacy. Legality. Equal Protection. Double Jeopardy. 3. Basic Requirements of a Criminal Act. Act-Actus Reus. Intent-Mens Rea. Joinder of Intent and Act. Causation. Vertical Growth of Criminal Codes 4. Inchoate or Anticipatory Crimes and Criminal Liability. Introduction Attempt. Solicitation. Conspiracy. Accomplices and Accessories. Comparing and Contrasting Inchoate Crimes. 5. Defenses. Criminal Responsibility. Justification and Excuse. Procedural Defenses. 6. Homicide. Murder. Felony-Murder. Voluntary Manslaughter. Involuntary Manslaughter. Negligent Manslaughter. Special Problems in Homicide. Comparing and Contrasting Homicides. 7. Sex Offenses. Rape. Sodomy and Oral Copulation. Other Sexual Acts and Offenses. 8. Other Crimes against Persons. Kidnapping. False Imprisonment. Trafficking in Humans Assault and Battery. Aggravated Assault and Battery. Mayhem. 9. Robbery, Extortion and Bribery. Robbery. Extortion. Special Problems in Robbery and Extortion. Bribery. 10. Theft and Other Crimes Involving. Property. Larceny. Embezzlement. False Pretenses. Consolidation of Theft Offenses. Receiving Stolen Property. Forgery. Money Laundering. Counterfeiting. Identity Theft. 11. Crimes against Habitation. Burglary. Arson. Special Problems in Crimes against Habitation. 12. Crimes against Public Morals. Obscenity. Prostitution. Games of Chance. Internet Gambling. Public Corruption. 13. Narcotic and Alcohol Offenses. Narcotic Offenses. Alcohol Offenses. Solutions. 14. Special Crimes. Introduction. Child Abuse. Elder Abuse. Spousal Abuse. 15. Sentencing and Punishment. Introduction to Sentencing. Types of Sentences. Incarceration and Its Alternatives. Victim Rights. The Death Penalty. Case Index. Subject Index.