Criminal Procedure for the General Practitioner: What you Need to Know when your Client’s Son Gets Arrested


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A frequent occurrence that many general practitioners will undoubtedly face during their careers is the frantic phone call from a client who has been arrested or has a family member who has been arrested. The client will have many questions about what to expect and will be looking to you for guidance. For those new to the practice of law or those who have little experience with criminal law, how do you properly advise your client about the potential legal ramifications of an arrest? What facts can you develop that may lead to a meritorious defense?

This CLE course will provide an overview of the most frequent criminal offenses that a client may be presented with, including DUI and drug offenses. Attorneys will learn how to interview the client and review discovery materials for frequent suppression issues, as well as effective plea negotiations with prosecutors and the criminal and civil penalties that may accrue.

Topics covered include:

  • Initial client interview
  • The vehicle stop and subsequent police investigation
  • Typical signs of alcohol/drug consumption that police look for
  • Field sobriety tests
  • Common suppression issues
  • Criminal and civil penalties
  • Effective plea negotiations and counseling your client

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