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Research Guides

Criminal Law


Written by legal scholars and practitioners, treatises provide current, in-depth analysis of an area of law and include citations to relevant sources, including case law, statutes, regulations, and law journal articles.

Federal Statutes

Federal criminal laws are codified in Title 18 of the United States Code.

Federal Regulations

Title 28 (Judicial Administration) includes most regulations relating to criminal law.

Case Law

Topical Reporters and Databases

Federal Case Law Reporters

State Statutes

State laws governing crimes and punishments are found in an individual state's statutory code. To locate state criminal code sections, consult the index to your state's annotated code and look for relevant terms such as crime, crimes, crimes and offenses, criminal, felony, misdemeanor, punishment, etc. and/or words that describe the subject of the crime, such as homicide, burglary, assault, etc.

50-state surveys can provide all states' statutes on a given topic.