Carl Franklin, J.D., Ph.D.


The Police Officer's Guide to Civil Liability -- This is my first book and one of the first comprehensive books on the topic of civil liability for police officers. Written at a time when lawsuits against the police were steadily increasing, the book covers the information every police must know if or when they face a civil liability lawsuit. Topics include major legal categories where civil liability is found in the federal and state laws. Issues of immunity, both for the officer and the department, are covered as well. There is an extensive section on the Anatomy of a Lawsuit, which examines the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases of a civil lawsuit. Plenty of samples and easy to understand explanations are provided in each chapter. Look for the next edition to be on the shelves by Spring 2018. 
The Investigator's Guide to Computer Crime -- Written with the municipal, county, and state investigative agencies in mind, this test covers the concepts of the initial and continuing investigation into several crime types. Topics include hardware & software crimes, cyberstalking, intrusion and trespass crimes, and identity theft. Also included is a section on the computer crime lab, tracking methods, and legal issues such as the Fourth Amendment and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. The appendix contains information about hardware identification, software design, implementation, and networks for the new investigator. 
Constitutional Law for the Criminal Justice Professional -- A pivotal text that examines the constitution as it applies to the criminal justice profession. Unlike other books on the constitution, this work focuses on the specific parts of the document, as well as the many cases that arise from it, and provides a framework for professionals in all levels of the criminal justice professions. Special interest is given to the rights related to the first amendment, which is extremely valuable in today's protest society. Sections covering the major areas of criminal justice activity include the search & seizure provisions of the Fourth Amendment, the attorney & right to counsel sections of the Fifth Amendment, as well as a significant examination of the rights under due process found in the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.