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Code of Criminal Justice:

A Practical Guide to the Penal Statues


(Prentice Hall)

   The first of its kind, the national version of Kenneth Del Vecchio’s criminal codebook has taken on the monumental task of explaining what the criminal statutes mean. Appropriate for a broad audience, it is a must for anyone attempting to understand and apply the United States criminal statutes. 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.


  • Contains hundreds of criminal statutes, ranging from the well-known, basic offenses to the uncommon criminal laws that that are rarely invoked


  • explains the criminal statutes in easy to understand terms


  • Interesting and exciting fact patterns illustrate the criminal offenses


  • Easy to understand practical application sections explain what the criminal statutes mean, the differences among them and how to appropriately charge under them


  • A valuable text for students studying criminal law on all levels, with special end-of-chapter multiple choice and essay questions, and a comprehensive answer guide


  • The perfect guide for law enforcement officers and lawyers to better understand the convoluted statutory language


  • A unique, reader-friendly explanatory tool for the lay person to understand the criminal statutes


  • Deciphers the vague and unclear criminal statutes so all can easily understand them


  • Makes learning and understanding the criminal statutes more accessible and more enjoyable




Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker & Best-selling Author

Film Festival Chairman & former Judge


“As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.”

-The New York Times

Kenneth Del Vecchio is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written, produced and directed over 30 movies that star 100+ film and TV stars, including multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. His films are distributed through industry leaders such as Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Anchor Bay, Millennium Entertainment, Cinedigm, Screen Media Films, Vivendi Entertainment, Green Apple Entertainment, and E-1 Entertainment. He has starred in numerous movies, as well. Mr. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival, called by FOX, MY and other major media "One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World." He also is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, including criminal codebooks published by Prentice Hall and ALM. A best-selling criminal suspense novelist, he penned his first published novel at only 24-years-old. In addition, he is a frequent legal/political analyst on Fox News and other major networks, and he is the owner of the Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught thousands of police officers and lawyers…And he is a former Judge, who also has tried over 400 cases as a practicing criminal attorney. 

Kenneth Del Vecchio’s filmography includes: The Life Zone, Scavenger Killers, An Affirmative Act, Price For Freedom, Rock Story, The Savant, Snapshot, Bleeding Hearts, Cries of the Unborn, Blue Lives Matter, O.B.A.M. Nude, Joker’s Wild, iMurders, Kinky Killers, The Grand Theft, Fake, Hospital Arrest, Renaissance Man, The Great Fight, 15 Rounds, Four Presidents, Puppets, Aberrant, Real Gangsters, Three Chris’s, Alone in the Dark 2, The Drum Beats Twice, Pride & Loyalty, Tinsel Town, Here and There, The Crimson Mask, and Rules For Men. His novels are Pride & Loyalty, Revelation in the Wilderness, and The Great Heist (his most recent novel). And his legal books include: Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes (national criminal codebook), New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, New York Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, and Test Prep Guide to Accompany New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, with numerous others in the works.

For more detailed information about Kenneth Del Vecchio, including critical reviews and press quotes, please visit &  

Justice For All Productions



Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker & Bestselling Author

Film Festival Chairman & former Judge

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