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The first of its kind, this book has taken on the monumental task of explaining what the criminal statutes mean. It contains hundreds of criminal statutes--in complete verbatim text--ranging from the well-known, basic offenses to the uncommon criminal laws that are rarely invoked. Chapters are accompanied by illustrative stories and practical application sections that draw readers in and help them apply statutes to realistic situations. With national appeal, this practical guide makes the penal code a more interesting and educational tool. Verbatim printing of hundreds of criminal statutesranging from the well-known basic offenses to the uncommon criminal laws that are rarely invoked. Explanation of what each statute meanssets this book apart from others in the field. Practical Application Sections accompany each statute that defines a felony or misdemeanor. Appropriate for a broad audience, it is a must for anyone attempting to understand and apply the United States criminal statutes.