Pennsylvania Crimes Code & Criminal Law (includes book + digital download)

Bisel Publishing


PA Crimes Code & Criminal Law 

4th Edition

Includes book + digital download (link provided at checkout)

1 Volume, Loose-leaf
Published: April, 2019 (Previous Editions: 1974, 1993 by Kingsley Jarvis, 1st Ed.-2000, 2nd Ed.-2004, 3rd Ed.-2014)
Most recent supplement/update: Fall 2023 supplement; released September 2023; $149.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 00-135427
ISBN: 1-887024-83-2

This 1400-page book with downloadable PDF provides the full text of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code with accompanying commentary by Robert L. Evangelista, former Chief Counsel of both the Crime Victims Compensation Board and the Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Mr. Evangelista offers in-depth commentary for all sections of the Code which have had significant cases construing their provisions by: examining language of the Code, comparing various sections of the Code, discussing the possible problems raised by the Code, including references and quotations from the Model Penal Code, and comparing the previous law and the present Code.

Citations give full attention to Pennsylvania authorities, as well as U.S. Supreme Court cases, particularly those involving the death penalty. In addition to the Crimes Code, the author has included the full statute and insightful commentary to other areas in which there are a significant number of criminal prosecutions: the Controlled Substances Act, Vehicular Homicide, and Driving Under the Influence.  New in this Fourth Edition are chapters on Antihazing and Human Trafficking.  

While primarily designed for judges, lawyers, and others in the field, this text can also be used effectively by police and police students and their instructors. 



Pennsylvania Crimes Code
Part I. Preliminary Provisions

1. General Provisions
3. Culpability
5. General Principles of justification
9. Inchoate Crimes
11. Authorized Disposition of Offenders

Part II. Definition of Specific Offenses

Article A. Offenses Against Existence or Stability of Government
21. Offenses Against the Flag
Article B. Offenses Involving Danger to the Person
23. General Provisions
25. Criminal Homicide
27. Assault
29. Kidnapping
30. Trafficking of Persons
31. Sexual Offenses
32. Abortion
Article C. Offenses Against Property
33. Arson, Criminal Mischief and Other Property Destruction
35. Burglary and Other Criminal Intrusion
37. Robbery
39. Theft and Related Offenses
41. Forgery and Fraudulent Practices
Article D. Offenses Against the Family
43. Offenses Against the Family
Article E. Offenses Against Public Administration
45. Offenses Against Public Administration
47. Bribery and Corrupt Influence
49. Falsification and Intimidation
51. Obstructing Governmental Operations
53. Abuse of Office
Article F. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency
55. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses
57. Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance
59. Public indecency
Article G. Miscellaneous Offenses
61. Firearms and Other Dangerous Articles
63. Minors
65. Nuisances
67. Proprietary and Official Rights
69. Public Utilities
71. Sports and Amusements
73. Trade and Commerce
75. Other Offenses
76. Computer Offenses
77. Vehicle Chop Shop and Illegally Obtained and Altered Property

Part III. Miscellaneous Provisions

91. Criminal History Record Information
93. Independent Counsel Authorization Act
94. Crime Victims

Other Criminal Laws

101. Driving Under The Influence
102. Vehicular Homicide
103. Controlled Substances