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The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System 13th Edition

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""An excellent and balanced guide to the state court criminal justice process...""  Library Journal

""This easy-to-understand book contains everything you need to know about criminal law."" Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst

""A well written, helpful guide for laypersons interested in their legal rights--straightforward, non-intimidating and informative."" Laurie Levenson, Associate Dean, Loyola School of Law

About the Author

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); and Represent Yourself In Court and The Criminal Law Handbook (both with Sara Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film. His blog on the criminal justice system can be found at The Rap Sheet: Nolo's Criminal Law Blog.
 
Sara J. Berman is a professor at Concord Law School and co-founder of PASS Bar Review. She is the co-author of Represent Yourself in Court and The Criminal Law Handbook and the author of numerous articles and law course materials.
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Product Details

  • Series: Criminal Law Handbook
  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 13 edition (August 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413319483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413319484
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the 10th edition of this book, which was published in 2008. It is a great book to help with a study of criminal law. It's also a comfort if you are currently charged with a crime and awaiting a trial, or a hearing before the judge. It informs you of the steps that you go through as you wind your way through the legal system. If you are going to trial, I strongly recommend that you have a trial by jury, if that is an option. Six (or more) jurors have to unanimously find you guilty in order to be convicted. If you choose to have your case be heard only by the judge, then that one person will decide your fate. If your attorney tries to convince you that a bench trial, with the judge deciding your case, is the best option for whatever reason, I would "just say NO" to the trial by judge option. I have nothing against judges and their ability to give you a fair trial. However, if only one person in a jury trial finds you not guilty, you will be acquitted due to the hung jury. Acquitted may not be the correct term. You may just be a person that still has a charge against you. If you do have a hung jury, I believe the prosecution can retry you in front of a new jury. Depending on the charge(s) against you, and the evidence that they have, they will decide if it is worth the time and effort to go through another trial. If they decide to not retry your case, I would think that the charge(s) against you would be dropped. I'm not an attorney, and I don't play one on TV. Some of what I have written may not be factual. However, there is one part of my book review that I am VERY sure of. If you go to trial, choose to have a jury trial IF it is an option for you. I mentioned that I read the 2008 edition of this NOLO law book.Read more ›
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This is a absolute must have book if you want to know what goes on behind every aspect of law enforcement/DA's charging until the end of trial, especially if its you or your family members found to be on the wrong side of the badge.
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This book with Represent Yourself in Court book gives you thoughts and ideas on how to prepare a case.
I do advocacy work and this information helps me present my case in different environments.
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By Katz1108 on November 29, 2013
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This is a very informative book definitely worth it i have found out several things that I will probably b able to use in court
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Excellent handbook which provides a brief outline on the criminal justice system. Easy to follow and understand.
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It is practically useful. I gain substantial knowledge about criminal law from this book. I checked out the green version from the local library for a few months, then decide to purchase one copy of this new version for myself.
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Great book. Quite thorough and detailed. Very happy with it.
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By JG on November 17, 2014
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Very insightful and good reading, well worth the price.
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