Criminal law is a blend of constitutional, statutory, and case law. Sometimes there are also regulations that might affect your situation. Whether you are researching local, state, or federal criminal law, you should:
- Identify your jurisdiction
- Use a secondary source like a treatise to find the relevant law in your jurisdiction.
- Use an annotated version of the appropriate statutory code to read the relevant section. Look for any notes or secondary sources mentioned.
- Use a citator (KeyCite or Shepard's) to update and verify your research.
- Use a secondary source for forms to help draft appropriate pleadings, motions, responsive filings, etc.
- Keep up-to-date on changes to the law by reading Current Awareness sources and re-checking citators before you argue a point before a court.