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CJS 1103 Constitutional Law & Evidentiary Procedures

Survey and interpretation of the Federal Constitution, and an overview of state and federal law and court systems. Emphasis on the Bill of Rights with particular attention to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteen amendments. Study, analysis, and application of the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Criminal Procedure from investigation to arrest, trial, and the appellate process. Additionally, ethical guidelines for Criminal Justice professionals in the detection, apprehension, and prosecution of the accused and constitutional restrictions on government actions.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and CJS 1101 or CIS 1107

Course Outcomes
  • Summarize the U.S. Constitution and its embodied concepts.
  • Describe the constitutional rights of citizens and the responsibilities of criminal justice professionals to preserve those rights.
  • Explain how interpretation of case law impacts policy and procedure in Criminal Justice.
  • Relate the processing of cases through state and federal courts, the role of the Grand Jury, and Preliminary Hearing. Examine pre-trail motions and Motions of Support in particular. Explain the role of the witness, legal and constitutional limits on testimony, and the ethical responsibilities of criminal justice professionals.
  • Distinguish between the jurisdiction of municipal, state, and federal courts and the roles of the judges in each. Describe the process of arrest, the requirement for search warrants, bail procedures, the pre-trial and scheduling procedures and time mandates of speedy trial provisions and statutes of limitations.
  • Summarize the rules of evidence and procedures in legal proceedings.
Credit Hours: 3
  • Classroom: 3 hours
  • Division: Business and Public Services
  • Department: Criminal Justice Science
  • Repeatable Credit: No
  • Offered Online: Yes
Available Sections
Online Learning
Online Learning
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work online when it fits your schedule, while adhering to weekly deadlines. No scheduled meeting times. Requires computer and high-speed internet.
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 23
Section: 502
Open Seats: 23
Section: 502
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 15
Section: 801
Open Seats: 15
Section: 801
Face to Face
Downtown Dayton Campus
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Course meets in person on scheduled days and times.
Open Seats: 16
Meets: TTH from 11:00AM to 12:15PM
Section: 101
Open Seats: 16
Meets: TTH from
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Section: 101
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 15
Section: 802
Open Seats: 15
Section: 802
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 15
Section: 803
Open Seats: 15
Section: 803
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 10
Section: 804
Open Seats: 10
Section: 804
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 10
Section: 805
Open Seats: 10
Section: 805
Online Learning
FlexPace
Term: Fall 2022
Format: Complete work independently online when it fits your schedule, without weekly due dates. Requires self-motivation as well as a computer and high-speed internet.
Restrictions: Flexpace
Note: FlexPace Orientation required; visit sinclair.edu/flexpace-register
Course Fee: $22.50
Open Seats: 5
Section: 806
Open Seats: 5
Section: 806