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Introduction
Criminal law (or penal law) covers offenses against individuals and the community; regulates how suspects are investigated, charged and tried; and establishes punishments for convicted offenders. In the broadest sense, criminal law covers three different fields: (1) the substantive criminal law, (2) criminal procedure, and (3) the administration and enforcement of criminal justice. The term ‘criminal law’ is most commonly used to indicate the field of substantive criminal law.
Treatises and Texts
General Treatises
 
Wharton's Criminal Procedure, 14th ed., Nancy Hollander, Barbara E. Bergman, Melissa Stephenson.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9619 .W4314             
 
Criminal Procedure, 3rd Ed. (West's Criminal Practice Series), Wayne R. LaFave, et al. 7 vol.
LAW RESERVE 2nd floor  KF 9619 .L34 2015  [Available on Westlaw: CRIMPROC]
 

Colorado-Specific Treatises
 
Criminal Practice and Procedure 2d Ed., Robert J. Dieter. West. (Colorado Practice Series v. 14-15)
LAW RESERVE 2nd floor  KFC 1880 .C6  [Available on Westlaw: COPRAC]
 
The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish in Colorado: The Defense, Darren R. Cantor, Carrie Clein, Raymond P. Micklewright.  
LAW COLORADO 2nd floor  KFC 2375 .Z9 C36 2003
CONTENTS: Evidentiary rules for expert witness evidence / Raymond P. Micklewright -- Legal issues for jury selection or what to know before you know anything / Darren R. Cantor -- Opening statements / Carrie H. Clein -- Direct/cross examination of lay witnesses / Carrie H. Clein -- Making and defending objections, also known as reinin' them doggies in / Darren R. Cantor -- Instructions and verdicts more accurately described as the less interesting and maddening, but imperative details of trial / Darren R. Cantor -- Closing argument / Raymond P. Micklewright -- A legal ethics primer for criminal defense lawyers / Raymond P. Micklewright
 
Crimes and Defenses in Colorado, Marianne Wesson.
LAW COLORADO 2nd floor  KFC 2366.8 .W47 1989                
 
Effective Pretrial Tactics in Colorado Criminal Defense Proceedings, Charles L. Fife, Raymond P. Micklewright.
LAW COLORADO 2nd floor  KFC 2337 .Z9 F54 2000
CONTENTS: Evaluating the case -- Function of defense counsel -- Areas to attack when defending a client -- Special considerations
 

Practice Guides
 
Criminal Defense Techniques. Looseleaf. [Available on LexisNexis]
 
Criminal Practice Handbook, 4th Ed., Jay Shapiro. LexisNexis.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9619 .H76 2014                  
 
Criminal Law Practice Pointers, CLE in Colorado, Inc.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9219.3 .C75573 2006
Contents: Character evidence / presented by H. Patrick Furman -- How to win the case...eventually / presented by Ann M. Aber -- Winning your trial while keeping your license: ethical limits on the generation and presentation of evidence / presented by H. Patrick Furman -- How to persuasively put on expert witnesses / presented by Karen S. Steinhauser -- Mental slowness, mental illness, mental condition and insanity in Colorado / presented by Andrew C. Heher and Susan L. Fisch
 
The Criminal Practice Report. BNA. vol. 11-17 Biweekly.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9615 .B591
 
Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Nancy Hollander and Barbara E. Bergman. Looseleaf.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9619 .H662  2013-16  [available on Westlaw: CRDEFRB]
 
 

Evidence
 
Courtroom Criminal Evidence, 5th Ed., Edward J. Imwinkelried et al.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9662 .C68 2011  [available on LexisNexis]
 
Criminal Evidentiary Foundations, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Daniel D. Blinka.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9660 .I49 2016  [available on LexisNexis]
CONTENTS: The competency of witnesses -- Authentication -- Rule 403 and legal relevance limitations on credibility evidence -- Bolstering witnesses before impeachment -- Impeachment of witnesses -- Legal relevance limitations on evidence that is relevant to the historical merits of the case -- Privileges and similar doctrines -- The best evidence rule -- Opinion evidence -- The hearsay rule, its exemptions, and its exceptions -- Substitutes for evidence -- Motions to suppress evidence -- General procedural considerations -- Confessions and admissions -- Searches and seizures -- Eyewitness identification -- The impeachment exception.
 
Wharton's Criminal Evidence, 15th ed., Barbara E. Bergman and Nancy Hollander.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9660 .W43 1997  [available on Westlaw: CRIMEVID]
 

Federal Court Rules
 
A Student's Guide to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Laurie L. Levenson. Thomson/West.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9607.515 .L48 2006
 
Orfield's Criminal Procedure under the Federal Rules, 2nd ed., Lester B. Orfield.
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9619 .O7 1985-CURRENT  [available on Westlaw: ORFIELDS]
 

Constitutional Issues
 
Constitutional Rights of the Accused, 3d ed., Joseph G. Cook. Looseleaf, 4 vol. 
LAW STACKS 1st floor  KF 9619 .C64 1996-CURRENT  [available on Westlaw: CONRTACC]
 
Search and Seizure: A Treatise on the Fourth Amendment, 5th ed. (West's Criminal Practice Series), Wayne R. LaFave. 6 vol.
LAW RESERVE 2nd floor  KF 9630 .L26 2012  [available on Westlaw: SEARCHSZR]
 
The Criminal Law Reporter, Bureau of National Affairs (BNA). Weekly.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES  KF 9615 .C7i  (available online)


Ethical Issues
 
Criminal Law Ethics, CLE in Colorado, Inc.
LAW COLORADO 2nd floor  KFC 1876.5 .A2 C75 2002
CONTENTS: Ratting on your clients : what to do and not to do when confronted with the ugly ethical dilemma / Michael L. Bender -- Discovery and suppression of material exculpatory evidence / Forrest W. Lewis, Robert M. Russel -- Current ethical issues : the prosecution and defense perspectives [no text] / David S. Kaplan, David J. Thomas -- The ethical "crimes" of criminal lawyers / Nancy L. Cohen.

 
Law Reviews and Journals
Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (Georgetown Law Journal).
LAW PERIODICALS basement  K 7 .E6482  (available on HeinOnline)
Organizations
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Offers extensive reference and referral services related to crime and justice-related research, policy and practice
 
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section: Resources
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/resources.html
Offers practice tips from the Criminal Justice Section Newsletter
Research Guides
Criminal Justice: A Pathfinder to Legal Materials (Law Library, Rutgers School of Law - Newark) 
 
Criminal Law: An Overview (Cornell Legal Information Institute)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/criminal.html
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