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Criminal Evidence, 8th Edition

  • Judy Hails
  • ISBN-10: 1285062868
  • ISBN-13: 9781285062860
  • 640 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Practical and reader-friendly, the eighth edition of CRIMINAL EVIDENCE continues to offer students comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of all evidentiary topics common in criminal proceedings in a brief, affordable format. The text thoroughly explores constitutional issues essential to the collection and seizure of admissible evidence and legal interrogation, carefully outlining concepts and processes applicable to every state and pointing out where great interstate variation exists or specific state codes may have a strong impact. The text also covers current trends and topics that students will likely encounter in the real world, such as terrorism and homeland security, scientific evidence, Federal Rules of Evidence, hearsay, and the appellate system. Realistic case scenarios prepare students to apply their knowledge and skills in the real world as working law enforcement professionals. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections


  • The court system--including the interaction of the prosecutor and law enforcement--are discussed in detail in an introductory chapter (Chapter 2), providing students with crucial understanding of how evidence is used and why certain policies are in place.

  • Writing assignments in every chapter based on relevant and compelling real-life cases help students apply chapter material.

  • "Myth vs. Reality" features that explore common misconceptions about evidence and law enforcement procedures and contrast them with actual policies and facts teach key points of law in an especially memorable and interesting way.

  • Key definitions appear in boldface when they are first used and are also placed in easy-to-understand itemized lists to help students learn key terms and concepts.

About the Author

Judy Hails

Judy Hails has taught in the criminal justice field for over 40 years. She has authored five textbooks on criminal evidence, criminal law, and criminal procedure as well as contributing to anthologies and writing numerous journal articles. She received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1998. She has been a visiting professor at the China Criminal Police College and Illinois State University, and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She is a former sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Her education includes: B.S. in mathematics from Loma Linda University, M.S. in criminology from CSU-Long Beach, J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and LL.M. in criminal justice from New York University School of Law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. The Role of the Courts.
3. The Adjudication Process.
4. Types of Evidence.
5. Direct and Circumstantial Evidence.
6. Witnesses.
7. Crime Scene Evidence and Experiments.
8. Documentary Evidence, Models, Maps, and Diagrams.
9. Hearsay and Its Exceptions.
10. Privileged Communications.
11. Developing Law of Search and Seizure.
12. Field Interviews, Arrests and Jail Searches.
13. Plain View, Consent, Vehicle, and Administrative Searches.
14. USA PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelligence, and Other Types of Electronic Surveillance Covered by Federal Law.
15. Self-Incrimination.
16. Identification Procedures.
17. Preparing the Case for Court.

New to this edition

  • Virtually all new chapter-opening cases (Jerry Sandusky, Conrad Murray, Roger Clemens, and many more) vividly illustrate chapter content with a high profile, real-world example to highlight key concepts, enhance relevancy, and draw students into the chapters.
  • Expanded coverage of forensic- and technology-related evidentiary matters keeps the book on the cutting edge of the field (see especially Chapters 7, 8, and 14).
  • Updated coverage of terrorism and homeland security in Chapter 14, including wiretapping, surveillance outside the United States, and more.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285078950 | ISBN-13: 9781285078953)

The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, discussion topics, student activities, media tools, and a Test Bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter’s Test Bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, and essay formats, with a full answer key. The Test Bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the page numbers in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each question in the Test Bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by emailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1285078985 | ISBN-13: 9781285078984)

The comprehensive Instructor's Manual is backed up by ExamView®, a computerized Test Bank available for PC and Macintosh computers. Create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes. Easily edit and import questions and graphics, change test layouts, and reorganize questions. ExamView®'s complete word-processing capabilities allow an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions. Thirty percent of the questions in the Test Bank have been revised, with new questions added that reflect the new content in the new edition of the text. Each question in the Test Bank tests students on one of the Learning Objectives in the new edition of the text, and the Learning Objective that each question correlates to is cited in the Answer Key.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1285079124 | ISBN-13: 9781285079127)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text and feature some additional examples and real-world cases for application and discussion. Available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website, the presentations and can also be obtained by emailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

Interacitve eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285079094 | ISBN-13: 9781285079097)

The Cengage Learning eBook features advanced study tools such as a hypertext index, easy navigation, highlighting, and annotation in a vibrant web-based format and faster searching in an eBook platform.

Student Supplements

Interacitve eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285079094 | ISBN-13: 9781285079097)

The Cengage Learning eBook features advanced study tools such as a hypertext index, easy navigation, highlighting, and annotation in a vibrant web-based format and faster searching in an eBook platform.