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Computer Forensics: Incident Response Essentials by Warren G. Kruse, Jay G. Heiser

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Chapter 12. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

The preceding chapters of this book have dealt with finding the culprit of a computer crime. If you decide to prosecute, then what? This chapter provides an overview of the criminal justice system that will assist you in working with law enforcement agencies. Most people’s only exposure to the criminal justice system is on television, either on the nightly news or a police drama. Unfortunately, television doesn’t depict an accurate picture of what the criminal justice system is really like.

As you probably know, most police officers do not work on one major case after another; real detectives do not solve murders on every shift and then go home in time for dinner. Some days the most difficult ...

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