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PA 550 Advanced Criminal Procedure

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none

Examines and explores the laws, regulations, rules, and legal precedents governing admissibility and exclusion of evidence in civil and criminal litigation, including judicial notice; examination, competency and privileges of witnesses; relevancy; hearsay; opinion and scientific evidence; documentary evidence; burden of proof and presumptions. This course also addresses both the Federal Criminal Rules of Procedure as well as substantive Federal Criminal Law as applicable to the law enforcement professional. The course also will address search warrants, including trap and trace, wiretap, and pre-register. The course includes an introduction to and discussion of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.