The law of criminal procedure is constantly evolving, especially in the areas of the 2nd Amendment and 4th Amendment. In most law school courses you can simply reuse old textbooks or study aids. For this course you should buy the most current edition.
For crim pro study aids I recommend the Examples and Explanations and Crunch Time Criminal Procedure. There is a list of criminal procedure outlines below that you can go over but you really need to develop your own outline. Use these only as a guide and to be sure you have not missed anything. The criminal procedure essay is where you need to pick out and discuss the issues. Your law school professor has a grading sheet and has assigned a value to each issue. The key is to recognize and then discuss each criminal procedure issue in the short amount of time allotted. The best way is to go over old crim pro exams and do a timed practice.
This course is a study of the legal rules, primarily constitutional, governing the operation of the criminal justice system from investigation to trial. Among the topics included in this course are: the meaning of due process; arrest, search, and seizure; wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping; police interrogation and confessions; eyewitness identification procedures; the scope and administration of the exclusionary rules; and grand jury investigations.
Criminal procedure is the law governing the proceedings through which the government enforces substantive criminal law. Municipalities, states, and the federal government each have their own set of codes setting out the conduct that constitutes a crime. Title 18 contains all federal crimes.
Federal cases follow the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, cited as Fed. R. Crim. P. These rules are for conducting federal criminal trials and include and all guarantees in the Constitution's Bill of Rights, such as the guarantee to due process, equal protection, the right to competent legal counsel, to confront witnesses, to a jury trial, and the right to not testify against yourself.
State cases follow the code of the individual state which normally follow the Federal Rules. However, state rules sometime provide greater protection than the U.S. Constitution or the Federal Rules, but they may not offer less.
I am not a big fan of flow charts but this is one course where they are invaluable.
Disclaimer: Outlines, briefs and past law school exams are from a variety of sources and have not been verified for accuracy. Use at your peril.
Execution of a Search Warrant Great 4th. Amendment Site from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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