Criminal Law - 9th Edition - ISBN: 9781593455040, 9781437755350

Criminal Law

9th Edition

Authors: Joycelyn Pollock
eBook ISBN: 9781437755350
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 1st May 2009
Page Count: 890


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Criminal Law, Ninth Edition, provides an introduction to criminal law that combines the best features of a traditional law casebook and a textbook—it explains the law while giving students a chance to read cases. The present edition includes several new cases to illustrate current issues or to replace existing cases representing traditional elements. Supreme Court cases are used to simplify the jurisdictional impact of the case. “Legal News” boxes have been added to illustrate legal concepts and their application in “real life.” Some materials have been expanded, such as wiretapping and computer crimes, including child pornography; others have been shortened or combined with existing sections to accommodate new material.
The book is organized into two parts. Part I discusses the definitions of crime and criminal law, principles of criminal liability, capacity and defenses, preparatory activity crimes, offenses against persons and property, obtaining property by false pretenses, theft, forgery and other fraud offenses, offenses involving morality and decency, offenses against justice administration, and certain aspects of federal criminal law. Each chapter includes a chapter outline, key terms, and concepts. Part II provides judicial decisions relating to Part I.

Key Features

  • Each chapter includes outline, key terms and concepts, guiudance to help the reader understand what is important in each chapter, as well as a new Legal News section that highlights current criminal law issues.
  • Part II contains briefs of judicial decisions related to the topics covered in the the text, in order to help the reader learn rule of law as well as the reasoning of the court that guides future court ruilngs.
  • Part III contains the Constitution of the United States of America, a Glossary and a Table of Cases.


Combining the best features of a casebook and a textbook, this classic text deals with substantive criminal law, and explores the principles, sources, distinctions and limitations of criminal law. Definitions and elements of crimes are explained, and defenses to crimes are thoroughly analyzed. Strengths continue to be the comprehensive footnotes, coverage of the federal criminal code, and specific recognition of the common law origins of modern law. Federal law coverage is now consolidated into two chapters.

Each chapter contains a list of key terms that are defined in the glossary, guidance to help the student understand what is important in each chapter, as well as a new Legal News section that highlights current criminal law issues. Part II gives students the opportunity to read real cases, with aids to help them identify the issues and holdings.

Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1 Defining Crime


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 Constitutional Challenges

1.7 Construction of Criminal Law Statutes

1.8 Classification of Crimes

1.9 Distinction between Crimes and Torts

1.10 Burden of Proof—Prosecution

1.11 Burden of Proof—Defendant

1.12 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 2 Principles of Criminal Liability


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Parties to Crimes

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 Summary

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

3.6 Self-Defense

3.7 Entrapment

3.8 Ignorance or Mistake

3.9 Alibi

3.10 Time Limitations (Statute of Limitations)

3.11 Other Defenses

3.12 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 4 Preparatory Activity Offenses


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Attempt

4.3 Criminal Solicitation

4.4 Conspiracy

4.5 Summary

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)

5.11 Summary

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 (Sexual Assault)

6.5 Lewdness (Indecent Exposure)

6.6 Other Sex-Related Offenses Against the Person

6.7 Summary

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 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 8 Offenses Involving Theft


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 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 9 Forgery and Other Fraud Offenses


9.1 Introduction

9.2 Forgery

9.3 Uttering a Forged Instrument

9.4 Miscellaneous Forgery-Related Offenses/Identity Theft

9.5 False Advertising

9.6 Commercial Bribery

9.7 Miscellaneous Business and Commercial Frauds

9.8 Computer Crimes

9.9 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 10 Offenses Involving Morality and Decency


10.1 Introduction

10.2 Adultery and Fornication

10.3 Prostitution-Related Offenses

10.4 Offenses Related to Obscenity

10.5 Bigamy, Polygamy, and Incest

10.6 Other Offenses within the Family

10.7 Abortion

10.8 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 11 Offenses Against Public Peace


11.1 Introduction

11.2 Riot and Related Offenses

11.3 Disorderly Conduct

11.4 Vagrancy and Loitering

11.5 Drunkenness

11.6 Drug Laws

11.7 Wiretapping and Eavesdropping

11.8 State Counter-Terrorism Laws

11.9 Other Offenses Against the Public Peace

11.10 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 12 Offenses Against Justice Administration


12.1 Introduction

12.2 Perjury and Related Offenses

12.3 Bribery and Related Offenses

12.4 Obstructing Justice

12.5 Escape

12.6 Resisting Arrest

12.7 Evading Arrest

12.8 Other Offenses Against Justice Administration

12.9 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 13 United States Criminal Code: Offenses Against Persons and Property


13.1.1 Introduction

13.1.2 Definitions of Crime—Source of Law

13.1.6 Constitutional Challenges

13.2.1 Principles of Criminal Liability

13.2.2 Parties

13.2.3; 13.2.4; 13.2.5 Elements of a Crime

13.2.6 Causation

13.3.1 Capacity and Defenses

13.3.2 Infancy

13.3.3 Mental Impairment

13.3.4 Duress or Compulsion

13.3.5 Necessity

13.3.6 Self-Defense

13.3.7 Entrapment

13.4.1 Preparatory Activity Offenses

13.4.2 Attempt

13.4.3 Criminal Solicitation

13.4.4 Conspiracy

13.5.1 Offenses Against Persons

13.5.2 Homicide

13.5.4; 13.5.5 Manslaughter

13.5.7 Assault and Battery

13.5.8 Kidnapping

13.5.10 Hate Crimes

13.6.1 Offenses Against Persons—Sex Offenses

13.6.2 Rape and Sexual Abuse

13.6.3 Sodomy

13.6.7 Other Sex-Related Offenses against the Person

13.7.1 Offenses Against Property—Destruction and Intrusion Offenses

13.7.2 Arson

13.7.3 Malicious Mischief

13.7.4 Criminal Trespass

13.7.6 Burglary

13.8.1 Theft Offenses

13.8.3 Robbery

13.8.4 Embezzlement

13.8.5 Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

13.8.6 Extortion

13.8.7 Receiving Stolen Property

13.9.1 Forgery

13.9.5 False Advertising

13.9.7 Computer Fraud

13.10 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 14 United States Criminal Code: Offenses Against: Morality and Decency; Public Peace; Justice Administration


14.1 Introduction

14.10.1 Offenses Against Morality

14.10.2; 14.10.3 Adultery and Fornication

14.10.4 Prostitution

14.10.5 Obscenity

14.10.6 Bigamy

14.10.7 Incest

14.10.8 Abortion

14.11.1 Offenses Against Public Peace

14.11.2 Riot and Related Offenses

14.11.3 Disorderly Conduct

14.11.4 Vagrancy and Loitering

14.11.5 Drunkenness

14.11.6 Drug Laws

14.11.7 Wiretapping and Eavesdropping

14.11.8 Terrorism

14.11.9 Other Offenses Against the Public Peace

14.12.1 Offenses Against Justice Administration

14.12.2 Perjury and Related Offenses

14.12.3 Bribery and Related Offenses

14.12.4 Obstructing Justice

14.12.5 Escape

14.12.6 Resisting Arrest

14.13 Summary

Review Questions

Chapter 15 Corporate and Computer Crime


15.1 Introduction

15.2 Money Laundering

15.3 Environmental Crimes (EPA)

15.4 Antitrust and Securities Violations (SEC)

15.5 Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)

15.6 Food and Drug Violations (FDA)

15.7 Computer Crimes (Cybercrimes)

15.8 Summary

Review Questions

Part II: Judicial Decisions

Table of Cases for Part II


Table of Cases



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About the Author

Joycelyn Pollock

Joycelyn M. Pollock (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., University of Houston) is Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. She has published more than 25 books (including subsequent editions) in the areas of ethics, female criminality, corrections, and law. In 2011, she was appointed to the U.S. Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas State University – San Marcos