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Criminal Evidence for Criminal Justice Professionals










Larry E. Holtz

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Criminal justice practitioners, law enforcement officials, college professors, and students will find this textbook critical to understanding the basic principles, rules, and constitutional provisions regulating admission of evidence in criminal courts.


Criminal justice students and practitioners, law enforcement officials, college professors, and attorneys will find this textbook critical to understanding the basic principles, rules, and constitutional provisions governing the admission of evidence in criminal courts. This book's straightforward style gives the reader access to the fundamental concepts that comprise the Law of Evidence. Clearly defined topics along with concise explanations are further developed through the presentation of relevant case law with a unique focused approach. Subjects covered include Forms of Evidence, Sufficiency of Evidence, the Adversary System, Burdens of Proof, Law Enforcement’s Role and the Law of Evidence, Preservation of Evidence, Witnesses, Proof, and Privileges.

The 6th Edition features new material focusing on Direct and Circumstantial Evidence, Chain of Custody, Computer Generated Animations and Information, Newly-Discovered Evidence, DNA Samples, Expert Witnesses, Character Evidence, Internet Message Boards and Blogs, and a comprehensive analysis of Eyewitness Identification Evidence. The complete and unannotated Federal Rules of Evidence are included as well.



Larry E. Holtz

Larry E. Holtz has served the City of Atlantic City as a police officer, detective, sergeant and police attorney, where he earned over fifteen departmental commendations. He later served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and New Jersey Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Law Enforcement, Legal Affairs Section, he co-authored the State’s Charging Manual, various Attorney General Guidelines and was the Executive Editor of the Division of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Reporter.

Mr. Holtz has also served as a municipal prosecutor for three towns in South Jersey, the Director of the Cape May County Police Academy, and as adjunct professor at Widener School of Law and Rowan University. He is a member of the bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holtz has unmatched experience in the field of law enforcement, police training and instructor/teacher development. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and conducted basic, in-service and advanced training programs at various police academies and prosecutors’ offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also designed and conducted advanced education seminars for New Jersey judges, attorneys, and professional educators.

Presently, Mr. Holtz is a criminal justice and law enforcement educator and consultant. He is the author of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Handbook, the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook, the Texas Law Enforcement Handbook, Criminal Procedure for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals (the Federal Law Enforcement Handbook), Criminal Evidence for Criminal Justice Professionals, Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing, and Formal Study Guides for the NJ Attorney General Guidelines, Title 2C, and the Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure. He is also published in the Dickinson Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Police and Security News, the National Academy Associate, and Law Enforcement Technology.


Chapter 1: The Law of Evidence and the Adversary System

Chapter 2: The Forms of Evidence

Chapter 3: Preservation of / Access to Evidence

Chapter 4: Witnesses: Exploring Testimonial and Documentary Evidence

Chapter 5: Eyewitness Identification Evidence

Chapter 6: Proof in Criminal Cases

Chapter 7: Alternatives to Formal Proof

Chapter 8: Privileges

Federal Rules of Evidence