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12th Edition

Criminal Law

ISBN 9780367460549
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
610 Pages

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Book Description

Criminal Law, Twelfth Edition, a classic introduction to criminal law for criminal justice students, combines the best features of a casebook and a textbook. Its success over numerous editions, both at community colleges as well as in four-year college criminal justice programs, is proof this text works as an authoritative source on criminal law, as well as a teaching text that communicates with students.

The book covers substantive criminal law and explores its principles, sources, distinctions, and limitations. Definitions and elements of crimes are explained, and defenses to crimes are thoroughly analyzed. Each chapter offers guidance to help students understand what is important, including chapter outlines, key terms, learning objectives, Legal News boxes that highlight current criminal law issues, and Quick Checks that cue the reader to stop and answer a question or two concerning the material just covered. Unique Exploring Case Law boxes offer guidance in using the accompanying cases, which are provided on the book’s website and in Part II of this textbook. A robust collection of instructor support materials addresses teaching and learning issues.

Updated with all the newest relevant law, this book is appropriate for undergraduate students in criminal law and related courses.

Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1 Defining Crimes

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Definitions of Crime and Criminal Law

1.3 The Purpose of Criminal Law

1.4 Common Law Crimes

1.5 Statutory Crimes

1.6 Classification of Crimes

1.7 Distinction between Crimes and Torts

1.8 Constitutional Challenges

1.9 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 2 Principles of Criminal Liability

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Parties to the Crime

2.3 Criminal Act Requirements

2.4 Criminal Omission

2.5 Criminal State of Mind—Mens Rea

2.6 Causation

2.7 Concurrence—Criminal Act and State of Mind

2.8 Attendant Circumstances

2.9 Strict Liability

2.10 Vicarious Liability

2.11 Lesser Included Offenses

2.12 Burden of Proof

2.13 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 3 Capacity and Defenses

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Infancy or Immaturity

3.3 Mental Impairment or Insanity

3.4 Duress or Compulsion

3.5 Necessity (Choice of Evils)

3.6 Self-Defense

3.7 Entrapment

3.8 Ignorance or Mistake

3.9 Time Limitations (Statute of Limitations)

3.10 Other Defenses

3.12 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 4 Preparatory Activity Offenses

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Attempt

4.3 Criminal Solicitation

4.4 Conspiracy

4.5 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 5 Offenses against Persons—Excluding Sex Offenses

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Homicide

5.3 Murder

5.4 Voluntary Manslaughter

5.5 Involuntary Manslaughter

5.6 Suicide and Assisted Suicide

5.7 Assault and Battery

5.8 Kidnapping and Related Offenses

5.9 Hate Crimes (Bias Crimes)

5.10 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 6 Offenses against Persons—Sex Related

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Rape

6.3 Sodomy and Related Crimes

6.4 Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation

6.5 Lewdness (Indecent Exposure)

6.6 Other Sex-Related Offenses against the Person

6.7 Sexual Predator and Sex Offender Registration Laws

6.8 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 7 Offenses against Property—Destruction and Intrusion Offenses

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Arson

7.3 Malicious Mischief (Criminal Mischief)

7.4 Trespass (Criminal Trespass)

7.5 Breaking and Entering

7.6 Burglary

7.7 Causing or Risking Catastrophe

7.8 Wiretapping and Eavesdropping

7.9 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 8 Offenses Involving Theft and Deception

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Larceny

8.3 Robbery

8.4 Embezzlement

8.5 Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

8.6 Extortion

8.7 Receiving Stolen Property

8.8 Other Crimes Involving Theft

8.9 Forgery and Related Offenses

8.10 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 9 Offenses Involving Morality and Decency

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Prostitution-Related Offenses

9.3 Offenses Related to Obscenity

9.4 Bigamy, Polygamy, and Incest

9.5 Other Offenses within the Family

9.6 Abortion

9.7 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 10 Offenses against Public Peace

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Disorderly Conduct

10.3 Vagrancy and Loitering

10.4 Drunkenness

10.5 Drug Laws

10.6 Riot and Related Offenses

10.7 Counterterrorism Laws

10.8 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 11 Offenses against Justice Administration

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Perjury and Related Offenses

11.3 Bribery and Related Offenses

11.4 Obstructing Justice

11.5 Escape

11.6 Resisting Arrest

11.7 Evading Arrest

11.8 Other Offenses against Justice Administration

11.9 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions

Chapter 12 Business and Corporate Crimes

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Principles of Corporate Liability

12.3 False Advertising

12.4 Commercial Bribery

12.5 Tax Evasion and Money Laundering

12.6 Computer Crimes

12.7 Regulatory Crimes

12.8 Summary

Key Terms

Review Questions


Part II

Cases Relating to Chapter 1

Cases Relating to Chapter 2

Cases Relating to Chapter 3

Cases Relating to Chapter 4

Cases Relating to Chapter 5

Cases Relating to Chapter 6

Cases Relating to Chapter 7

Cases Relating to Chapter 8

Cases Relating to Chapter 9

Cases Relating to Chapter 10

Cases Relating to Chapter 11

Cases Relating to Chapter 12




Index of Cases

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Joycelyn M. Pollock (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., University of Houston) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas State University, San Marcos. In addition to 35 years of teaching at the university level, she delivered training to police officers and correctional professionals in the areas of sexual harassment, ethics, criminology, and ethical leadership.  She was a member of the U.S. Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board, on the editorial boards of Women & Criminal Justice and Crime & Delinquency, and a Trustee-at-Large to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Pollock has published more than 25 books in the areas of ethics, female criminality, corrections, and law. She has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Alumni Award of SUNY-Albany, the Bruce Smith Sr. Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and the ACJS Academy Fellow Award for distinguished teaching and scholarly achievement, and she was awarded the University Distinguished Professor Award at Texas State University in 2014. She continues to write and consult in the areas of ethical leadership and training in criminal justice.