Texas Criminal Law: Principles and Practices (2e) : 9780133512571

Texas Criminal Law: Principles and Practices (2e)

Dowling
 
Edition
 
2
ISBN
 
9780133512571
ISBN 10
 
0133512576
Published
 
07/01/2015
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
512
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$203.99
 
 
 
Description

For undergraduate courses in Texas Criminal Law

 

Criminal Law in the Lone Star State

Texas Criminal Law: Principles and Practices provides an in-depth review of Texas criminal law while highlighting how Texas legal sanctions differ from other states. Its state-specific focus on terminology and laws makes this an ideal text for students planning to serve in the Texas criminal justice system.


The Second Edition uses historical references and inter-state comparisons to examine the Texas criminal law system in varied contexts. The book uses real world examples of the day-to-day application of laws by law enforcement to connect major concepts to their practical application in the field. A scholarly presentation is balanced by an informal tone, making Texas Criminal Law interesting and easily digestible for students.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foundations of Criminal Law

Chapter 2 Elements of a Crime

Chapter 3 The Criminal Law in Daily Practice

Chapter 4 Parties to Offenses

Chapter 5 Criminal Homicide

Chapter 6 Assault and Sexual Assault

Chapter 7 Kidnapping and Related Offenses

Chapter 8 Property Destruction Offenses

Chapter 9 Theft, Fraud, and Related Offenses

Chapter 10 Robbery, Burglary, and Criminal Trespass

Chapter 11 Offenses Against Government Operations

Chapter 12 Public Disorder, Indecency, Health, and Safety Offenses

Chapter 13 Intoxication Offenses

Chapter 14 Preparatory Offenses and Organized Criminal Activity

Chapter 15 General Defenses and Justification

Chapter 16 Federal Criminal Law

Appendix Using the Texas Penal Code and Court Decisions

New to this edition

UPDATED! Texas-specific content conveys the most up-to-date information on the state’s criminal law system

  • Chapter devoted to federal criminal law and anti-terrorism statutes relates Texas’ criminal law system to that of the rest of the country.
  • Texas Drug Statute and DWI laws are newly examined in the text with a thorough look at gambling, prostitution, and organized crime activity, specifically law related to street gangs.

 

Pedagogical features assist with learning

  • In the Courtroom features provide relevant court opinions to each chapter that highlights its major concepts and help students understand the role of the court in interpreting criminal law.
  • Citizen Decision Points pose questions that require students to think about the societal ramifications of criminal rulings, as well as how criminal law should be improved in the future.
  • Criminal Law Replay summarizes each chapter and reinforces its major concepts while providing an informal review for students.
Features & benefits

Texas Criminal Law: Principles and Practices contains the following features to facilitate learning:

 

UPDATED! Texas-specific content conveys the most up-to-date information on the state’s criminal law system

  • NEW! Chapter devoted to federal criminal law and anti-terrorism statutes relates Texas’ criminal law system to that of the rest of the country.
  • NEW! Texas Drug Statute and DWI laws are newly examined in the text with a thorough look at gambling, prostitution, and organized crime activity, specifically law related to street gangs.
  • Texas Penal Code is used as a reference throughout the text for elements of the major criminal offenses and defenses in Texas.

 

A text that teaches by real-world example

  • Emphasizes actual criminal law practices throughout the state based on the author’s three decades of experience with the Texas criminal justice system.
  • Describes the day-to-day procedures used by Texas law enforcement, prosecutorial, and correctional agencies when actually implementing the law to provide a real world element to conceptual learning.
  • Introduces each offense with a discussion of its English Common Law roots, giving the Texas-specific information a historical context.

 

Pedagogical features assist with learning

  • NEW! In the Courtroom features provide relevant court opinions to each chapter that highlights its major concepts and help students understand the role of the court in interpreting criminal law.
  • NEW! Citizen Decision Points pose questions that require students to think about the societal ramifications of criminal rulings, as well as how criminal law should be improved in the future.
  • NEW! Criminal Law Replay summarizes each chapter and reinforces its major concepts while providing an informal review for students.
  • Crimegraphs at the end each chapter help students understand the distinctions between every major offense of the Texas Penal Code.
Author biography

Jerry L. Dowling is Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He has taught courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and other law-based courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at SHSU for over 40 years. During the same period, he has conducted numerous legal training sessions for Texas peace officers, police chiefs, and sheriffs. He holds the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee. Prior to becoming a university teacher, Professor Dowling served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.