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Guide to South Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure

NCJ Number
P S Watson; W S McAninch
Date Published
376 pages
Intended for the general public, this book describes basic criminal law in general and South Carolina law in particular.
This revised and updated edition of the book originally published in 1984 is designed to meet the needs of students, police, and citizens. It can also be a desk reference for those who deal with the criminal law daily. This new edition includes intervening developments in the substantive statutory criminal law, the law of criminal procedure, legislative changes that affect the criminal justice system, and changes in penalties and sentencing practices through the end of the 1989 session of the South Carolina Legislature. In addition, a number of chapters have been reorganized and revised; some subsections have been expanded, notably those on sentencing, searches and seizures, and interrogations and confessions. The revisions include significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions that deal with trash, helicopter, and prison-cell searches, as well as updating decisions of the South Carolina Supreme Court that affect the criminal justice system. Other areas not covered in the earlier editions include references to new technology such as DNA identification and electronic monitoring of probationers. 19 references and a glossary


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