Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 225: Criminal Evidence

General Information

  • Name: Criminal Evidence
  • 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, philosophy, and constitutional basis of evidence. Covers constitutional and procedural considerations which affect arrest, search, and seizure.

II: Course Objectives

  • Discuss the burden of proof
  • Assess the history and development of Rules of Evidence
  • Identify sources of evidence law
  • Explain how legal research in done
  • Discuss the criminal complaint
  • Define arraignment
  • Analyze the preliminary hearing
  • Assess the grand jury
  • Distinguish substitutes for evidence
  • Summarize testimonial and real evidence
  • List relevant evidence
  • Discuss direct and circumstantial evidence
  • Predict need for rehabilitation of witnesses
  • Discuss corroboration
  • Assess memory failure
  • Debate the opinion rule
  • Analyze crime scene evidence
  • Discuss authentication
  • Define questioned documents
  • Discuss hearsay rule
  • Explain exceptions to the hearsay rule

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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