Criminal Procedure and Evidence

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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
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes

This course is structured so that diligent students will achieve the objectives outlined below:

  • By the end of this course, you should have an in-depth understanding of procedural criminal law and procedural due process as differentiated from substantive criminal law and substantive due process.
  • You should also have developed and be able to articulate 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 who police US citizens.
  • Furthermore, you should have developed and be able to articulate 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 Information

(Each activity is worth 25 percent of the final grade.)
Final Examination:   100 points
Briefs and Critiques:   100 points
Internet and Group Exercises:   100 points
Research Paper:   100 points
Total points for the course:   400 points

90-100% = A (Distinguished)  360 - 400 points
80-89%  = B (Proficient)         320 - 359 points
70-79%  = C (Limited)             280 - 319 points

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