Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook 2023 Edition

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PAGES 1602
AUTHOR Larry E. Holtz
LAST RELEASE DATE March 15, 2022
Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook 2023 Edition

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The 2023 edition of the  Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook is fully updated by renowned author, Larry E. Holtz, to include contemporary criminal procedure and important cases impacting search & seizure and confession laws.  

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook is the definitive criminal justice reference for Pennsylvania law enforcement officials, attorneys practicing criminal law, and criminal justice teachers and students. Author and criminal procedure expert Larry E. Holtz, Esq., presents an innovative approach to the study of modern constitutional criminal procedure. In the Handbook, the classic and current United States and Pennsylvania court decisions are presented and explored in a distinctive Question – Answer – Rationale format, augmented with case notes, through which Mr. Holtz removes the guesswork in, and tedious search for, “today’s law.” Also presented are all areas of departure by the Pennsylvania courts, often referred to as “New Federalism.” The publication includes a detailed explanation of Search & Seizure law, clearly presenting the factors that determine whether an officer’s search or seizure will be considered “reasonable.”, and an extensive presentation of the Pennsylvania Criminal Law of Evidence.

The eBook version of this title features a fully linked table of contents and index.

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook is updated annually to provide the State’s criminal justice professionals with the most up-to-date information possible. Be sure to order your copy today!

(Table of Contents from 2021 edition. For informational purposes only)

Part I Arrest, Search and Seizure
Chapter 1. Arrest
  1.1 Introduction
  1.2 Probable cause requirement
  1.3 Arrest with warrant
  1.4 Arrest without warrant
  1.5 Entry of a dwelling to effect an arrest
  1.6 Use of Force to effect arrest
  1.7 Substantive and procedural Due Process of Law
    (a) Substantive Due Process
    (b) Procedural Due Process
  1.8 Arrests outside the officer’s primary jurisdiction
    (a) Intra-state arrests
    (b) Out-of-state arrests
Chapter 2. Search Warrants
  2.1 Introduction: The written warrant requirement
  2.2 Judicial requirements
    (a) The neutral and detached magistrate
    (b) The Oath or affirmation
    (c) Advanced Communication Technology
  2.3 The probable cause requirement
    (a) Sources of information
    (b) The “totality of the circumstances” test
    (c) Staleness
    (d) Attacking the sufficiency or integrity of the affidavit
  2.4 The particularity requirement
    (a) The places to be searched
    (b) The things to be seized
  2.5 Warrant execution
    (a) Time
    (b) Entry
    (c) Scope of the search
    (d) Search warrant return
    (e) Dissemination of search warrant information
  2.6 Anticipatory search warrants
Chapter 3. Exceptions to the Written Warrant Requirement
  3.1 Introduction
  3.2 Search incident to a lawful arrest
    (a) The person of the arrestee and the area within his control
    (b) Motor vehicle searches incident to arrest
  3.3 Exigent circumstances
    (a) Easily lost or destroyed evidence
    (b) Dangerous weapons or instrumentalities
    (c) Emergency aid and community caretaking functions
  3.4 Impounded vehicles and inventory searches
  3.5 Motor vehicles: The “automobile exception”
  3.6 Consent
    (a) Introduction
    (b) Voluntariness / Scope
    (c) Third parties: Common and apparent authority
Chapter 4. Privacy Expectations: The Limits of Constitutional Protection
  4.1 Privacy expectations
  4.2 Open fields
  4.3 Plain view
  4.4 Abandonment
Chapter 5. Non-Governmental Searches
  5.1 Introduction
  5.2 Cases and materials
Chapter 6. Regulatory and Administrative Searches; Border Searches
  6.1 Regulatory and administrative searches
  6.2 Border searches
Chapter 7. Fire Scenes
  7.1 The warrant requirement and fire-scene entries
    (a) Introduction
    (b) Cases and materials
  7.2 Warrantless entries at the scene of a fire
    (a) Introduction
    (b) Cases and materials
Chapter 8. Investigative Detentions; Stop & Frisk
  8.1 Introduction
  8.2 Investigative detentions of persons
    (a) The point at which a “seizure” occurs
    (b) The “Terry stop”
    (c) Transporting suspects
    (d) The “Terry frisk”
  8.3 Investigative detentions of vehicles
    (a) Preliminary
    (b) Roadblocks/highway checkpoints
    (c) Motor vehicle stops and the Pennsylvania constitutional standard
    (d) Removing drivers or passengers from the motor vehicle
    (e) The “Terry frisk” of the vehicle’s passenger compartment
  8.4 Investigative detentions of property
Chapter 9. The Independent Source Doctrine and the Inevitable Discovery Rule
  9.1 Introduction
  9.2 Cases and materials
Chapter 10. Good Faith and the Exclusionary Rules: Federal v. Pennsylvania
  10.1 Cases and materials
Part II Confession Law Eyewitness Identification
Chapter 11. Interviews; Confessions and Miranda
  11.1 Introduction
  11.2 Interviews and confessions; Preliminary issues
    (a) The corpus delicti rule
    (b) What constitutes custody?
    (c) What constitutes interrogation?
  11.3 Miranda
    (a) Administration; when to advise
    (b) Miranda and motor vehicle offenses
    (c) Public safety exception
    (d) Impeachment exception
  11.4 Events surrounding the interrogation process
    (a) Invocation of rights
      (1) The right to remain silent
      (2) The right to counsel
    (b) Waiver of rights
      (1) Illegal / prolonged detention
      (2) Outside influences
Chapter 12. Eyewitness Identification
  12.1 Introduction
  12.2 Preliminary issues
  12.3 Showups and lineups
    (a) Showups
    (b) Lineups
  12.4 Photo arrays
Part III Criminal Evidence
Chapter 13. The Criminal Law of Evidence
  13.1 The Law of Evidence and the Adversary System
    (a) Introduction
    (b) The Adversary System of American Jurisprudence
    (c) Burdens of proof & production
    (d) The Law of Evidence: Basic principles and definitions
  13.2 The forms of evidence
    (a) General considerations
    (b) Real evidence
    (c) Documentary evidence
    (d) Demonstrative evidence
    (e) Testimonial evidence
  13.3 Witnesses: exploring testimonial evidence
    (a) Opinion testimony
    (b) The Hearsay Evidence Rule
    (c) Exceptions to the Rule Against Hearsay
    (d) Privileges
  13.4 Proof in criminal cases
    (a) Principal types of evidence
    (b) Miscellaneous types of evidence
  13.5 Principal barriers to the admissibility of evidence
  13.6 Character evidence
    (a) Introduction
    (b) Character as an issue or essential element
    (c) Circumstantial use of character evidence
      (1) Good character as evidence of lawful conduct
      (2) Other crimes, wrongs or bad acts
    (d) Character of the victim
    (e) Impeaching a witness’ credibility
  13.7 Alternatives to formal proof
    (a) Judicial Notice
    (b) Stipulations
    (c) Presumptions
Part IV Addenda
The Oath of Office
The Constitution of the United States
Current Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
Constitution of 1389 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Declaration of Rights)
Current Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Glossary of Terms Frequently Used in Case Law Analysis
Table of Cases

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