Advanced Criminal Procedure (SD 231)
Advanced criminal procedure covers the criminal process starting with the initial decision to file charges and ending with post-appeal habeas corpus. Topics include limitations on the prosecutor's power to file charges, grand jury, preliminary hearing, discovery, guilty pleas, plea bargaining, the right to trial by jury, jury composition, standards of proof at trial, sentencing, cruel and unusual punishment, double jeopardy, appeals, and habeas corpus. The advanced criminal procedure class starts where the basic criminal procedure course ends. The basic class primarily covers constitutional procedures that govern law enforcement in gathering evidence and making an arrest. Advanced criminal procedure starts at the point where law enforcement takes a case to a prosecutor's office asking to have charges filed. It covers constitutional rules that govern a prosecution as it proceeds through the court system. This course covers material that appears on the California Bar examination.
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