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Book details
  • Genre:LAW
  • SubGenre:Criminal Procedure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:160
  • Format:Hardcover
  • eBook ISBN:9780984140411
  • Hardcover ISBN:9780984140404

You're Under Arrest!

Understanding the Criminal Justice System

by Margaret C. Jasper

"You're Under Arrest"— three words that nobody ever wants to hear. Designed to help the reader who is facing his or her first brush with the law, this book provides an overview of the criminal justice system and the people and procedures one may encounter along the way.
"You're Under Arrest"— three words that nobody ever wants to hear. Designed to help the reader who is facing his or her first brush with the law, this book provides an overview of the criminal justice system and the people and procedures one may encounter along the way. The complexity of the journey through the court system depends in large part on the type and degree of the crime the individual is accused of committing. Thus, it is important to understand what one faces as a defendant during this process. In addition to the American criminal justice system, including the role of law enforcement and the criminal court system, the unique jurisdiction of the family court over juvenile delinquents and minors in need of supervision is also discussed. This book also explores the constitutional rights of the accused and describes the criminal trial, including the role of the prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, judge, jury, the offender and the victim. The criminal appeal process is discussed at length. Finally, a helpful Appendix provides arrest statistics, sample forms, and other pertinent information and data. The Glossary provides definitions for many of the terms used throughout the book. "You're Under Arrest" might not be words you ever wanted to hear, but if you do, this book will guide you through the long and complicated journey to justice.
About the author

MARGARET C. JASPER is an attorney engaged in the general practice of law in South Salem, New York, concentrating in the areas of personal injury and entertainment law. Ms. Jasper holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, is a member of the New York and Connecticut bars, and is certified to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Margaret Jasper has been appointed to the Attorney for Children panel for the Family Court of the State of New York, is a member of the American Bar Association, American Mensa, and a number of other professional organizations and associations. Margaret Jasper is a New York State licensed real estate broker operating as Jasper Real Estate, in South Salem, New York. Margaret Jasper is the Vice-President/Legal Counsel of Gold City Records, Inc. and Jasper Stone Music, Inc. (ASCAP), New York based record and music publishing companies. In 2004, Margaret Jasper successfully argued a case before the New York Court of Appeals, which gives mothers of babies who are stillborn due to medical negligence the right to bring a legal action and recover emotional distress damages. This successful appeal in Broadnax v. Gonzalez overturned a 26-year old New York case precedent, which prevented mothers of stillborn babies from suing their negligent medical providers. Margaret Jasper is the owner of Legal Easy Books and the author of over 100 books covering a variety of legal topics. Margaret Jasper maintains a website at

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