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Texas Criminal Law Principles and Practices,9780133512571

Texas Criminal Law Principles and Practices

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/7/2015
Publisher(s): Pearson
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For undergraduate courses in Texas Criminal Law


Criminal Law in the Lone Star State

Texas Criminal Law: Principles and Practices provides an in-depth review of Texas criminal law while highlighting how Texas legal sanctions differ from other states. Its state-specific focus on terminology and laws makes this an ideal text for readers planning to serve in the Texas criminal justice system.


The Second Edition uses historical references and inter-state comparisons to examine the Texas criminal law system in varied contexts. The book uses real world examples of the day-to-day application of laws by law enforcement to connect major concepts to their practical application in the field. A scholarly presentation is balanced by an informal tone, making Texas Criminal Law interesting and easily digestible for readers.

Author Biography

Jerry L. Dowling is Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He has taught courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and other law-based courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at SHSU for over 40 years. During the same period, he has conducted numerous legal training sessions for Texas peace officers, police chiefs, and sheriffs. He holds the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee. Prior to becoming a university teacher, Professor Dowling served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 Foundations of Criminal Law   

CHAPTER 2 Elements of a Crime   

CHAPTER 3 The Criminal Law in Daily Practice   

CHAPTER 4 Parties to Offenses   

CHAPTER 5 Criminal Homicide   

CHAPTER 6 Assault and Sexual Assault   

CHAPTER 7 Kidnapping and Related Offenses   

CHAPTER 8 Property Destruction Offenses   

CHAPTER 9 Theft, Fraud, and Related Offenses   

CHAPTER 10 Robbery   

CHAPTER 11 Burglary and Criminal Trespass   

CHAPTER 12 Offenses Against Government Operations 

CHAPTER 13 Public Disorder, Indecency, Health, and Safety Offenses   

CHAPTER 14 Preparatory Offenses and Organized Criminal Activity   

CHAPTER 15 General Defenses and Justification 

CHAPTER 16 Federal Criminal Law




APPENDIX A – Understanding the Texas Penal Code

APPENDIX B – Understanding and Briefing Court Opinions


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