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Criminal Defense Strategies: How Former Prosecutors Use Mitigation Information to Defend the Accused

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This CLE course will provide an overview on how to humanize your criminal defense clients for prosecutors and the Court. First, we will cover how to obtain and use mitigation information early in the case to help negotiate or advocate for your clients with prosecutors. Next, we will cover the use of mitigating factors and mitigating information to present to the court at sentencing should your client be convicted or plead guilty. Both strategies are very similar, and the information used can be used both phases.

Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Lecturer Bio

David J. Bruno, Esq.

David J. Bruno is a partner at The Bianchi Law Group (, Former Assistant Prosecutor, and National TV Legal Analyst. David is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, one of only approximately 250 out of the more than 98,000 attorneys in New Jersey.

He earned his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, graduating Cum Laude, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance from Seton Hall University. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the United States District Court of New Jersey Bar, the Morris County Bar Association, New Jersey Association of Justice and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He also is a graduate of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Top Gun Narcotics Training and New Jersey State Police’s Homicide Investigation Training.

David has instructed for the New Jersey Bar Association, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, the National Business Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the New Jersey Association of Justice.

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