Eric Dobberteen and Alisa Edelson were invited to publish two chapters concerning the American criminal justice system as part of a third volume series on the Anglo-American Legal system published by LexisNexis and BDÜ Fachverlag Berlin.  This publication explores various fields of law from the American, British, German and Austrian perspectives.

The first of the two chapters discusses the American criminal justice system and how it begins with the commission of a crime.  In order to be convicted of a crime, the government must generally prove that a criminal act occurred and the accused acted with a “bad state of mind” in committing the crime.  For more information about the basic elements of a crime, specific types of crimes and legal defenses, please read the chapter entitled “Criminal Law In The United States”.  The second chapter discusses enforcement of the criminal laws.  For more information about how those criminal laws are enforced at various stages including the investigation, arrest, detention, prosecution, trial, post-conviction, sentencing, and appeal, please read the chapter entitled “Criminal Procedure In The United States”.

Thank you for joining us on ClarkTalk!  We look forward to seeing you again on this forum.  Please note that the views expressed in the above blog post do not constitute legal advice and are not intended to substitute the need for an attorney to represent your interests relating to the subject matter covered by the blog.  You should certainly consult legal counsel of your choice if you need assistance in any criminal law matter.  If you wish to consult with the author of this post or another attorney at Clark & Trevithick, please contact Eric Dobberteen orAlisa Edelson by email at or telephonically by calling the author at (213) 629-5700.




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