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American Criminal Procedure Today

First Edition

Author Frank Schmalleger and John Feldmeier

Available: September 2022

ISBN: 9780197649947

Online Resource

Retail Price to Students: $49.95



Using real-world scenarios developed from actual field experiences, and authentic documents such as warrants, American Criminal Procedure Today bridges the gap between theoretical presentations of criminal procedure and on-the-job experiences. Comprehensive, conversational, and co-written by the one of the foremost authors in the Criminal Justice discipline.


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  • Ethical Principles is a segment within each chapter that highlights a particular ethical rule or ethical consideration for legal assistants, paralegals, and other legal professionals. These principles are taken from the ethical canon and ethical rules offered by the American Bar Association, the American Alliance of Paralegals, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., and the National Association of Legal Assistants. Then at the end of each chapter, students are asked to consider and apply the featured ethics rule or standard to a factual scenario in which they may find themselves as a legal professional.

About the Author(s)

For years, the name Frank Schmalleger has been synonymous with scholarly and publishing excellence in the criminal justice field. Dr. Schmalleger is an acclaimed professor of criminal justice and has published dozens of textbooks and numerous scholarly articles exploring the highly dynamic world of crime, courts, and the criminally accused. In this project, Dr. Schmalleger joins with John Feldmeier, professor of political science, adjunct professor of law, and former criminal defense attorney, to produce a criminal procedure textbook that is designed to appeal to aspiring criminal justice professionals and other students interested in law.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 The Power of Criminal Procedure

    Chapter 2 The Many Layers and Constitutional Foundations of Criminal Procedure

    Chapter 3 Sources and Semantics of Criminal Procedure

    Chapter 4 The Administrative Beginnings of Criminal Procedure

    Chapter 5 Constitutional and Legal Standards for Obtaining Discovery and Other Evidence Prior to Trial

    Chapter 6 Pretrial Motions, Exclusionary Rule, and Plea Bargaining

    Chapter 7 The Fourth Amendment: Arrests and Seizures of Persons

    Chapter 8 The Fourth Amendment: Evidentiary Searches and Seizures

    Chapter 9 The Fifth Amendment: Right Against Self Incrimination

    Chapter 10 The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel and Pretrial Identifications

    Chapter 11 The Right to a Fair Trial

    Chapter 12 Sentencing and Other Post-Verdict Trial Court Procedures

    Chapter 13 Criminal Appeals, Habeas Corpus, and other Post-Conviction Proceedings

    Appendix A Legal Research and Briefing

    Appendix B Constitution of the United States of America


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