Research guides

Pennsylvania Criminal Law

Crime Specific Resources

Generally

The following resources include crime specific materials. Use the tables of contents and indexes to find relevant sections.

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
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Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Criminal Law" Chapter 42: Individual Criminal Offenses (vol. 20).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
See Chapter 21: Inchoate Crimes, Chapter 22: Crimes Against the Person, and Chapter 23: Criminal Homicide, Chapter 24: Crimes Against Property, and Chapter 25: Miscellaneous Crimes.
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Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" (vols. 4-5). Includes Part 2: Particular Crimes Against Person, Part 3: Particular Crimes Against Administration of Justice and Public Order, Part 4: Particular Crimes Against Property, and Part 5: Miscellaneous Offenses. Library also has previous edition.

Domestic & Child Abuse

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 1, Part VII: Offenses Against the Family. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Domestic Violence and Child Custody: A Practitioner's Guide Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Family Law 101 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter 1: Protection from Abuse in Pennsylvania.
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Handling Protection From Abuse Cases Pennsylvania Bar Institute

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute
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Protecting Our Children: The Responsibility of Organization Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 11: Endangerment, Corruption, and Sexual Abuse of Children (vol. 4). Library also has previous edition.

Research Tip

Additional information on domestic and child abuse may be available in family law resources. See the Pennsylvania Family Law guide for suggestions on where to get started.

Drug Offenses

32nd Annual Criminal Law Symposium Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter J: Prosecuting and Defending Drug Forfeiture Cases in State Court.

Criminal Law Symposium 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter R: 2018-2019 Drug/Search and Seizure Federal/State Case Law Update.
Library has annual volumes from 1984-present.

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Use the index to find relevant sections. Library also has previous editions: see all.

How to Handle a Drug Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter 6, Section 3: Motions to Suppress in Municipal Court Drug Cases: Tactical Considerations.
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Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
See Chapter 25: Miscellaneous Crimes - Selected Controlled Substance Act Violations.
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Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5A) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 29: Drug Offenses (vol. 5A). Library also has previous edition.

Research Tip

Drug offense issues may also be referenced in DUI offense treatises. See the DUI & Distracted Driving box below for additional titles.

DUI & Distracted Driving

Criminal Law Symposium 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter O: DUI Update.
See Chapter BB: DUI Court & Mandatory Sentencing.
Library has annual volumes from 1984-present.

Criminal Law Updated (2018) Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter 3: DUI Update.

Distracted Driving Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.
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Driving Under the Influence: Skills that Win Cases Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.
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Evaluating the DUI Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Pennsylvania Criminal Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 36: Summary Motor Vehicle Offenses and Suspension of License and Chapter 37: Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Law and Practice Bisel

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. "Criminal Law" encompasses vols. 17-20. "Automobiles and Motor Vehicles" encompasses vols. 4-5.
See Driving Under the Influence in the index to find relevant sections. Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Pennsylvania Rules of the Road West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
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Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
See Chapter 25: Miscellaneous Crimes - Selected Vehicle Code Violations.
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Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5A) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 28: Automobile Offenses (vol. 5A). Library also has previous edition.

Homicide

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 1, Part V, Section A: Homicide. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Criminal Law" Chapter 42, Section L: Homicide (vol. 20).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
See Chapter 23: Criminal Homicide.
Library also has previous edition: see all.

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5A) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 12: Homicide (vol. 4). Library also has previous edition.

Sexual Offenses

Criminal Law Symposium 2018 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter Q: Special Issues in Sex Cases Involving Children.
See Chapter T: 2018 SORNA Update.

Criminal Law Symposium 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
See Chapter MM: Mistakes to Avoid in Defending Child Sex Crimes.

Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Pennsylvania West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 1, Part V, Section D: Sexual Offenses. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Handling the Sex Offense Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute
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How to try A Rape Case Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Criminal Law" Chapter 42, Section S: Rape (vol. 20).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Benchbook Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Pennsylvania Trial Guide, Criminal Bisel
See Chapter 22: Crimes Against the Person - Sex Crimes.
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SORNA Update Pennsylvania Bar Institute
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Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d: Criminal Law (vols. 4-5A) West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 11: Endangerment, Corruption, and Sexual Abuse of Children and Chapter 15: Rape and Other Sexual Offenses (vol. 4). Library also has previous edition.

Research Tip

Additional materials may be available. Search the Jenkins' catalog for sex* assault* or sex* offense* or rape and limit results to the Pennsylvania location.