Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (113 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Criminal Justice Procedures


The course objective is to focus on the constitutional rights of criminal defendants as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Students discuss Supreme Court decisions and identify their significance for the justice system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to distinguish between the due process and crime control perspectives, including the impact on criminal procedure
  • Examine how the fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments protect individual rights
  • Analyze criminal procedure prior to trial describing the roles of prosecutors, grand juries, and defense attorneys
  • Examine what can be done when constitutional rights are violated including civil, criminal, and non-judicial remedies
  • And analyze criminal procedure from first contact to appeals

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to criminal procedure
  • Remedies for constitutional violations
  • Introduction to the fourth amendment
  • Searches and arrests with warrants
  • Actions based on reasonable suspicion, administrative justification, and consent
  • Interrogations and confessions
  • Identification procedures and the role of witnesses
  • The pretrial process
  • Prosecutors, grand juries, and defense attorneys
  • Plea bargaining and guilty pleas
  • Rights at trial, sentencing, appeals, and habeas corpus
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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