Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 220: Criminal Procedures

General Information

  • Name: Criminal Procedures
  • Discipline: Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Examines the origin, development, and rationale of the structure and procedures of the American criminal justice system. Emphasizes arrest, search and seizure, confessions, and other related legal issues.

II: Course Objectives

  • Assess crime, police, and the courts
  • Discuss the "adversary" system of justice
  • Define the constitutional right to a jury trial
  • Describe the steps in a criminal prosecution:
  • 1. Arrest
  • 2. Prosecution of diversion
  • 3. First appearance on the charge
  • 4. Preliminary hearing
  • 5. Indictment or information
  • 6. Suppression hearing
  • 7. Trial
  • 8. Hearings after trial
  • 9. Appeals and habeas corpus
  • Diagram a felony case
  • Define arrest
  • Discuss searches incident to an arrest
  • Assess booking procedures
  • Discuss discovery
  • Define constitutional considerations
  • Review case law
  • Define the mechanism of sentencing
  • Appraise appellate decision-making

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.


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