CMRJ 170: Introduction to Criminal Law
1. Course Description
An overview of both substantive and procedural law related to the definitions, investigations, processing and punishment of crimes, providing students with an overall understanding of the articulation between law and the criminal justice system. It also reviews the historical foundations of criminal law, elements of crime, purposes and functions of law, limits of the law, and the function of law in American society
Title: Criminal Law and Procedure
Authors: Scheb, John M. and John M. Scheb, III
Publisher: Wadsworth Group, Belmont, CA
3. Lecture Notes
Part I: Legal Foundations of Criminal Justice.
1. Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure.
2. Organization of the Criminal Justice System.
Part II: The Substantive Criminal Law.
o Constitutional Limitations on the Prohibition of Criminal Conduct.
o Elements of Crimes and Parties to Crimes.
o Inchoate Offenses.
o Offenses Against Persons.
o Crimes Against Property.
o Offenses Against Public Morality.
o Alcohol and Drug Offenses.
o White-Collar and Organized Crime.
o Offenses Against Public Health and the Environment.
o Offenses Against Public Order and Safety.
o Offenses Against Justice and Public Administration.
o Criminal Responsibility and Defenses.
Part III: Law Enforcement and Criminal Procedure.
15. Search and Seizure.
16. Arrest, Interrogation and Identification Procedures.
17. The Pretrial Process.
18. The Criminal Trial.
19. Sentencing and Punishment.
20. Appeal and Postconviction Relief.
Appendix A: Access to the Law Through Legal research.