California Guide to Criminal Evidence 2018

$137.70 $102 per copy
March 2018
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60 days before next edition is released
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by Hon. Elia V. Pirozzi

Book Features

The California Guide to Criminal Evidence is the first evidence book that is made exclusively for the criminal practitioner. Designed to be both comprehensive and portable enough to take to the courtroom, this book will have you fully prepared for your next criminal hearing or trial. Some of the features of the book include the following: 

Expert commentary. Over 500 pages of expert analysis of the California Evidence Code as it applies specifically to criminal matters, along with detailed discussions of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Tables & charts. Numerous tables and charts designed to provide quick and accurate access to important evidentiary issues while in the courtroom. Topics include objections, hearsay exceptions, character evidence, privileges, search and seizure, and the admissibility of pre- and post-Miranda statements.

Sample predicate questions. Sample predicate questions to guide you through the requirements for introducing specific evidence at trial, including writings, real evidence, demonstrative evidence, photographs, audio recordings, experimental evidence, computer simulations, lay testimony, and expert testimony.

Evidence Code. The entire Evidence Code with comments from the Law Revision Commission.

Federal Comparisons. Insightful comparisons between the California Evidence Code and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Customer Reviews. 
"I would highly recommend this book to my fellow practitioners."
Richard G. Hirsch 
Nasatir, Hirsch, Podberesky & Khero, Santa Monica 
Formerly honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year 
Past President of the Criminal Courts Bar Assn. 
Past President of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice 
Past Chairman of Beverly Hills Bar Assn., Criminal Law Section

"What took us several hours of research in the law library, this book succinctly and accurately summarized. It's hard to imagine a criminal trial lawyer not having this useful guide in his trial briefcase."
James Farragher Campbell
Campbell & DeMetrick, PLC
Past President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers  

“This book gives quick and reliable answers to all evidence questions, demonstrating what is admissible, what is not, and the hows and whys of using the rules of evidence to win cases. All busy lawyers will find it useful just about every day."
Edward Mallett
Mallett Saper Berg, LLP
Past President of the Nat'l Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers

"With this book l will no longer be panicking when the issue of admissibility as to a critical piece of evidence is suddenly being litigated mid-trial."
Louis J. Shapiro
Law Offices of Louis J. Shapiro, Los Angeles
Certified Specialist, Criminal Law

New Features for 2018

  • California Evidence Code, updated with legislation that took effect on January 1, 2018.
  • Law Revision Commission comments.
  • Over 500 pages of expert analysis.
  • Charts for courtroom use.

Table of Contents

Charts Admissibility of Defendant’s Character Admissibility of Victim’s Character Exceptions to Fourth Amendment’s Exclusionary Rule Exceptions to Fourth Amendment’s Warrant Requirement Fifth Amendment—Miranda Analysis Fifth Amendment—Pre-Miranda Analysis Fourth Amendment—Searching a Person & His Belongings Fourth Amendment—Searching a Vehicle Fourth Amendment—Searching the Interior of Premises Hearsay Exceptions Impeachment with Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude Objections Quick-Reference Privileges Commentaries 1.Relevance §1What Is Considered Evidence §2When Is Evidence Relevant §3Limits & Exceptions to Admissibility §4Relevance of Specific Evidence §5Raising Objection to Relevance §6Appellate Review 2.Foundation §1Testimony §2Writings §3Real Evidence §4Demonstrative Evidence §5Photographs & Recordings §6Maps, Diagrams & Charts §7Experimental Evidence §8Computer-Generated Animation & Simulations §9Jury Views §10Lay Opinion §11Expert Opinion §12Conditional Examinations §13Judicial Notice 3.Hearsay A.Hearsay Rule §1Overview §2Steps for Conducting Hearsay Analysis §3Characterization of Hearsay Evidence §4Proceedings Permitting Hearsay Evidence B.Exceptions to Hearsay Rule §1Overview §2Exception – Statement of Then-Existing Condition §3Exception – Statement of Past Condition §4Exception – Statement of Child-Abuse Victim §5Exception – Party’s Own Admission §6Exception – Party’s Adoptive Admission §7Exception – Party’s Authorized Admission §8Exception – Coconspirator’s Admission §9Exception – Child’s Corroboration of Confession to Sexual Abuse §10Exception – Declaration Against Interest §11Exception – Sworn Statement Relevant to Gang-Related Crime §12Exception – Prior Inconsistent Statement §13Exception – Prior Consistent Statement §14Exception – Past Recollection Recorded §15Exception – Statement of Identification §16Exception – Former Testimony §17Exception – Spontaneous Statement §18Exception – Contemporaneous Statement §19Exception – Dying Declaration §20Exception – Business Record §21Exception – Official Record §22Exception – Rule of Completeness §23Special Hearsay Exceptions in Criminal Proceedings 4.Statutory Limits on Particular Evidence A.Character & Related Evidence §1Overview §2Character Evidence Offered to Attack or Support Witness Credibility §3Character Evidence Offered to Prove Propensity §4Character Evidence of Other Acts Offered for Nonpropensity Purposes §5Character Evidence Offered to Prove Ultimate Fact in Dispute §6Profile Evidence Offered Against Defendant §7Syndrome Evidence Offered to Explain Behavior B.Impeachment & Rehabilitation of Witnesses §1Overview §2Scope & Limits of Impeachment & Rehabilitation §3Specific Types of Impeachment Evidence §4Impeaching Specific Witnesses C.Privileges §1Overview §2Defendant’s Testimonial Privilege §3Privilege Against Self-Incrimination §4Attorney-Client Privilege §5Work-Product Privilege §6Officer-Records Privilege §7Official-Information Privilege §8Informant Privilege §9Spousal Privileges §10Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege §11Clergy-Penitent Privilege §12Sexual-Assault Counselor–Victim Privilege §13Domestic-Violence Counselor–Victim Privilege §14Human-Trafficking Caseworker–Victim Privilege 5.Exclusion of Evidence on Constitutional Grounds A.Fourth Amendment—Search & Seizure §1Overview §2Elements for Exclusion §3Exceptions to Warrant Requirement §4Evidence Subject to Exclusion Under Fourth Amendment §5Procedure for Excluding Evidence §6Appellate Review B.Fifth Amendment—Voluntariness of Statements §1Overview §2Elements for Exclusion §3Evidence Subject to Exclusion for Involuntariness §4Procedure for Excluding Evidence §5Appellate Review C.Fifth Amendment—Miranda §1Overview §2Elements for Exclusion §3Exceptions to Miranda §4Evidence Subject to Exclusion Under Miranda §5Procedure for Excluding Evidence §6Appellate Review D.Sixth Amendment—Right to Counsel §1Overview §2Elements for Exclusion §3Evidence Subject to Exclusion Under Right to Counsel §4Procedure for Excluding Evidence §5Appellate Review E.Sixth Amendment—Right of Confrontation §1Overview §2Components of Right of Confrontation §3Right of Confrontation & Out-of-Court Statements §4Joint Trials & Right of Confrontation §5Evidence Subject to Exclusion Under Right of Confrontation §6Procedure for Excluding Evidence §7Appellate Review 6.Discretionary Exclusion Under Evid. C. §352 §1Overview §2Balancing Test §3Application to Specific Evidence §4Raising Objection Under §352 §5Ruling §6Appellate Review 7.Preliminary Fact Determinations §1Preliminary Fact Defined §2General Procedure §3Types of Preliminary Fact Determinations 8.Burdens & Presumptions §1Burdens §2Presumptions

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