The best plain-English book on criminal law available! The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Fortunately, you can turn to this book for clear and complete explanations. The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case. Find out everything you've ever wanted to know about how the system works and why police, lawyers and judges do what they do. It covers: *arrests *booking *preliminary hearings *charges *bail *courts *arraignment *search and seizure *defenses *evidence *trials *plea bargains *sentencing *juveniles *"crimespeak," the language commonly used in criminal statutes *and much more The 8th edition covers all of the latest Supreme Court cases and changes in criminal law.