Criminal Law for Criminologists uses theoretical and practical research to bridge the gap between 'the law in the books' (criminal law doctrine) and 'the law in action' (criminal justice process). It introduces the key policies and principles that drive criminal law in England and then explains the law itself in terms of relevant statute and case law. Starting with an outline of the basic principles and theories of criminal law and criminal justice, the author goes on to discuss:
- Criminal law and criminal justice in historical perspective,
- General principles of criminal law, including actus reus and mens rea,
- Specific types of criminal offence, including property, homicide, sexual, public order and drug offences,
- An overview of defences to crime,
- An appendix outlining essential legal skills.
In examining the links between the worlds of criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law for Criminologists brings a fresh perspective to this field of research. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will be essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice, law, cultural studies, social theory, and those interested in gaining an introduction to criminal law.