Overcome Common Challenges in Criminal Law with Real World Tips and Strategies
Review state criminal procedure AND learn some litigation skills textbooks can't teach at this must-attend seminar. Tips for proving illegal searches, knowing what mistakes to look for in the issuance and deliverance of warrants, and anticipating what the prosecutor might throw at your client during sentencing could make a big difference in the outcome of your cases. Experienced criminal trial lawyers will provide you with these practical pointers you can't learn anywhere else but from seasoned practitioners who have seen it all and know what challenges you face. Don't miss out on this jam-packed legal program full of invaluable information – Register today!
- Find out what common mistakes the defense can make during the arraignment process and how you can avoid them.
- Learn how to effectively prove illegal searches and forced consent and how to get illegally-seized evidence thrown out.
- Find out what essential components the plea bargain is dependent on and what possible negotiation tactics the prosecution might use on you.
- Obtain a better understanding of how to properly file critical pre-trial motions that could make or break your case.
- Discover how to effectively build your theme from voir dire through closing.
- Gain knowledge of your state's sentencing guidelines and their effect on federal sentencing.
- Equip yourself with tips on how you can receive a more favorable sentence for your client.
- Learn what to do when your client intends on committing perjury or defrauding the court.
MORNING SESSION: PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS
- OVERVIEW OF FLORIDA CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
9:00 - 9:45, Joseph C. Bodiford
- Update on Florida Legislation, Rules and Procedures
- The Relationship Between State and Federal Proceedings
- The Life-Cycle of a Criminal Case
- PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS AND THE ARRAIGNMENT: ERRORS AND STRATEGIES
9:45 - 10:30, Rocky W. Brancato
- Critical Errors in the Complaint
- Defendant Rights and Unlawful Arrests
- Warrants: Mistakes Made by Law Enforcement
- Mistakes Made by the Defense During the Arraignment
- Preliminary Hearing Key Strategies
- GATHERING EVIDENCE: SEARCHES, SEIZURES, CONFESSIONS AND ERRORS IN THE SYSTEM
10:45 - 11:30, Rocky W. Brancato
- State Procedures Update on Search and Seizures
- Search and Seizure Questions You Need to Ask
- The 4th Amendment and Defendant Rights
- Proving Illegal Searches (Illegally-Seized Evidence) and Forced Consent
- The Exclusionary Rule and Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine
- Proving Lack of Evidence
- Criminal Interviews and Interrogations: Illegal Tactics
- Prosecutor's Duty To Disclose Evidence
- PLEA AGREEMENT PROCEDURES, POINTERS AND PITFALLS
11:30 - 12:15, Todd Foster
- Plea Procedures
- How to Negotiate Plea Bargains
- Three Areas of Negotiation
- Essential Components the Plea Bargain is Dependent on
- Negotiation Tactics
AFTERNOON SESSION: TRIAL AND SENTENCING
- TRIAL PREPARATION STRATEGIES
1:15 - 1:45, George C. Bedell III
- Electing to Participate in Discovery
- Deposing the State's Witnesses
- Pointers for Hiring Experts, Collecting Public Records and Filing Subpoenas
- Filing Critical Pre-Trial Motions
- JURY STRATEGIES AND TRIAL TACTICS
1:45 - 2:30, George C. Bedell III
- The Art of Voir Dire
- Jury Instructions
- The Big DO's and DONT's of Voir Dire
- Questions to Always Ask and Identifying Who to Strike
- Building Your Theme From Voir Dire Through Closing
- Trial Tactics
- Direct and Cross-Examination Tactics
- When to Make and Respond to Objections
- Pitfalls to Avoid in Opening and Closing Statements
- Filing Trial and Post-Trial Motions
- SENTENCING AND POST-TRIAL POINTERS
2:45 - 3:30, Joseph C. Bodiford
- State Sentences and Their Effect on Federal Sentencing
- Sentencing Guidelines
- How to Receive More Favorable Sentences
- Mistakes Made During Sentencing
- Appeals, Writs and Overturning Criminal Convictions
- ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CRIMINAL LAW
3:30 - 4:30, Todd Foster
- Avoiding Conflicts in Representation
- When Your Client Intends to Commit Perjury or Defraud the Court
- Duty to the Client vs. Duty to the Court
This practical legal course is designed for attorneys who practice criminal law.