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Demystify criminal law. Criminal law can be a maze of conflicting principles, strange jargon, and confusing procedures. Professor Paul Bergman unravels the mysteries with an engaging plain English style that incorporates real life examples, famous films, and entertaining hypotheticals. From arraignment through sentencing, from "abuse excuse" to vigilante, this handy desk reference explains it all. You'll get answers to questions such as: * When can police officers enter your home? * Is cyber bullying illegal? * Is intoxication ever a criminal defense? * What are the "fruits of the poisonous tree"? * Can the police search your car? Criminal Law: A Desk Reference will assist students, bloggers, journalists, mystery writers, and anyone else interested in the criminal justice system or law enforcement.
Criminal law in plain English. The criminal justice system becomes increasingly complex each year with new laws affecting legal processes. The Criminal Law Handbook explains every part of a criminal case including: - arrests - booking - preliminary hearings - charges - bail - arraignment - search and seizure - plea bargains - sentencing - juveniles The revised edition covers the latest changes in criminal law, including U.S Supreme Court cases. Written by the authors of Represent Yourself in Court, Paul Bergman, J.D. and Sara Berman, J.D.
For readers involved in depositions--who are not lawyers, perhaps as deponents or representing themselves--Bergman and Moore (law, UCLA) offer instructions on civil case deposition procedures, deposition in a lawsuit, testimony, answering questions, admonitions, background questions, refusal to answer, expert, hostile, and friendly witnesses, discovery, defense, objections, and videotaping. The guide includes excerpts from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, state rules, and sample forms, but no bibliography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sometimes it makes sense to handle a court case without an attorney. Learn about acting as your own lawyer in Nolo's easy to use, plain English guide, Represent Yourself in Court. This book breaks down the trial process into easy to understand steps so that you can act as your own lawyer safely and efficiently. Find out what to say, how to say it even where to stand when you address the judge and jury. Get details on how to: - file court papers - handle depositions and interrogatories - comply with courtroom procedures - pick a jury - prepare your evidence and line up witnesses - present your opening statement and closing argument - cross examine hostile witnesses - understand and apply rules of evidence - locate, hire and effectively use expert witnesses - make and respond to your opponent's objections - get limited help from an attorney as needed - monitor the work of an attorney if you decide to hire one Whether you're a plaintiff or a defendant, this book will help you confidently handle a divorce, personal injury case, landlord/tenant dispute, breach of contract, small business dispute, or any other civil lawsuit. This edition has been revised with the latest rules and court procedures, and includes updated information on electronic discovery rules and fax filing procedures. Plus, you'll get enhanced materials on court assistance for pro per litigants and an expanded discussion of self representation in bankruptcy court.