CRJU 235

Foundations of Criminal Law and Procedure


My name is Angela Beightol and I am excited to be the instructor for Criminal Law and Procedure! I currently work for a County Probation Department in the specialty ATI unit with a focus on pretrial supervision. Most of my work is done at the county jail, but I also meet with defendants one of local probation offices, as well as work regularly in many courts, including specialty/treatment courts. I earned my Master of Science Degree from Niagara University, majoring in Criminal Justice Administration.
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Course Description

This course focuses on the constitutional rights of criminal defendants as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Students will learn to distinguish between due process and crime control perspectives as well as the impact of ethics on criminal procedure. Topics include the purpose, nature and history of law, characteristics of the adversarial system and criminal defenses. Students will also analyze the entirety of criminal procedure from first contact to appeals, as well as the roles of prosecutors, juries, grand juries, and defense attorneys.

Keys to success in class:

  • Open communication
  • Frequent contact
  • Ask questions
  • Following directions
  • Adhere to rubrics
  • Enjoy learning