Criminal Law: A Desk Reference

Criminal Law: A Desk Reference

by Paul Bergman J.D.

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Understand criminal law! Learn about crimes, the system, and your rights

Whether you’re studying law, work in law enforcement, or simply want to know more about the criminal justice system, this book can help.

Criminal Law: A Desk Reference covers the basic to the complex in alphabetical order. Whether it’s “alibi” or “writ of habeas corpus,” the book makes it easy to find and understand what you’re looking for.

With this book you’ll be able to:

  • learn the law with real-life examples
  • understand procedures from arraignment through appeals
  • see defenses to common crimes, and
  • understand recent movements in the law, like new rules on cellphone privacy and the elimination of cash bail.

The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest criminal law trends and U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413325768
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 12/28/2018
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 329,940
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of two University Distinguished Teaching Awards. His books include Nolo’s Deposition Handbook (with Moore, Nolo); Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Technique s (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell (West Publishing Co.); Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case (with Berman, Nolo); The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System (with Berman, Nolo); Depositions in a Nutshell (with Moore, Binder, and Light, West Publishing); Lawyers as Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach (with Binder, Tremblay, and Weinstein, West Publishing); Cracking the Case Method (Vandeplas Publishing). He has also published numerous articles in law journals.


Criminal Law: A Desk Reference is an A-to-Z explanation of criminal laws and processes. The book comprises hundreds of entries that will be helpful to people who want to know more about the criminal justice process, especially if they face criminal charges or are crime victims. The book provides clear and down-to-earth explanations of most common crimes and of basic criminal procedures, such as arrest, search and seizure, bail, rules of evidence, constitutional rights, victims’ rights, and prisoners’ rights. Many entries are accompanied by common-sense examples drawn from a variety of sources, including actual cases and classic courtroom movies.

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