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


634 pages. Attys. Paul Bergman & Sara Berman.
NOLO (16th Edition, 2020).

Explains what happens in a criminal case from being arrested to sentencing, and what your rights are at each stage of the process. Uses an easy to understand question and answer format.

From The Publisher:

For anyone who's come face to face with the criminal justice system, this handbook is the place to turn for answers. In an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format it covers talking to police, searches, and seizures, drunk driving, arrests, booking, bail, criminal defense lawyers, lineups, preliminary hearings, trials, plea bargains, common defense, evidence, sentencing, and much more. No other resource available for lay people is as comprehensive or clear in explaining exactly what goes on in criminal cases.


From Library Journal

An excellent and balanced guide to the state court criminal justice process, this book does not detail the differences of being charged in federal court, such as federal sentencing guidelines. Authors Bergman (Reel Justice, LJ 6/1/96) and Berman-Barrett, also a criminal attorney, use a question-and-answer format to cover cases from police investigations through appeals. The book is not intended to replace legal advice, and the authors stress the importance of obtaining representation, unlike Michael Saeger in Defend Yourself Against Criminal Charges (LJ 10/1/97), a recent, inferior guide. A worthy addition to all libraries that will instruct those interested in the criminal justice system. --Harry Charles, St. Louis

ISBN-10: 1413327199
ISBN-13: 978-1413327199