Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 4330
Course Name: Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Online)
Course Description:    A study of case law defining constitutional constraints on police behavior in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification and investigation; rules on the exclusion of illegally seized evidence.
Prerequisites:    CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C" or better and junior standing, or consent of the instructor.
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

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Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Describe procedural criminal law and procedural due process as differentiated from substantive criminal law and substantive due process.
  • Develop an operating definition of justice in the criminal justice system of the United States and its membership states as that justice is guaranteed under the proscriptions and prescriptions of governance guided by the Constitution of the United States and the states themselves in general and in particular as to the procedural guarantees that contour the appropriate behavior of the police, courts, and corrections officers who police US citizens.
  • Formulate an operating definition of freedom as reflected in the guarantees of life, liberty, and property under the Constitution, as well as privacy as found in the penumbra of the Constitution in general, and in particular as to the procedural guarantees that contour the appropriate behavior of the police, courts, and corrections who police US citizens.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
Lesson 1: Introduction to Criminal Procedure and Procedural Due Process
Lesson 2: The Constitution and Procedural Due Process
Lesson 3: Probable Cause to Search and Seize; Otherwise, Privacy
Lesson 4: Judge-made Law of Stop and Frisk, Reasonable Suspicion

Unit 2
Lesson 5: Arrest and Custody
Lesson 6: Special Search Considerations
Lesson 7: Special Needs Searches
Lesson 8: Police Interrogations and Confessions

Unit 3
Lesson 9: Identification and Memory Issues
Lesson 10: Exclusionary Rule and Technicality Issues
Lesson 11: Remedies for Government Agent Misconduct

Unit 4
Lesson 12: Court Procedure, after the Beginning
Lesson 13: Court Procedure, after the Initial Appearance
Lesson 14: After Conviction and Crisis Procedures

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Final Examination 300 points
Briefs and Critiques (4 @ 100 pts. each) 400 points
Group Exercises 100 points
Research Paper 400 points
Total: 1,200 points

Grading Scale
A 93% - 100%
A- 90% - 92%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 83% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 73% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%

 

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