Building on the strengths of prior editions, CRIMINAL LAW, Seventh Edition, integrates updated cases and new real-world examples to provide a current, engaging, and succinct introduction to criminal law. This successful and time-tested book couples a classic organization and traditional presentation of case law with cutting-edge coverage of recent trends in law. The author's academic and legal experience provides readers with firsthand insights into the American legal system, while ample pedagogy and simple, non-legal language make the book's writing uniquely accessible. Utilizing extensive case material, the book covers the historical background of criminal law as well as the most significant recent developments. This volume is one of two updated "splits" of the combined CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE, Eighth Edition (c. 2014), by the same author.