Introduction to California Criminal Law provides students with a working knowledge of the elements of the most serious and most frequently encountered California crimes. It examines both the statutory components of these crimes and the case law interpretations applied by the California appellate courts. In addition, it provides guidance for the reasonable and realistic enforcement of these laws. This book is designed to be used as an all-inclusive semester course, introducing students to both criminal and substantive law. This course also provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in that class, including their ability to conduct basic legal research.
About the Author
Richard (Rick) Michelson, MPA, has served in law enforcement for nearly thirty years, starting with the San Diego Police Dept. His experience includes being a SWAT sergeant, community relations officer and director of the Crime Prevention program. He has also been a lieutenant and an acting chief with other agencies. A published author, he also teaches at the community and the graduate college levels. He specializes in helping agencies and candidates prepare for the challenges of supervisory and management positions by using assessment center methods. His article, “Preparing Future Leaders for Tomorrow: Succession Planning for Police Leadership,” was published in Police Chief Magazine. He has presented papers to the International Congress on Assessment Center Methods, the International DACUM conference and other professional organizations.