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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

Lecturer Bios

Justin T. Papciak, Esq.

Justin is an associate in the Pittsburgh law firm of Feldstein Grinberg Lang & McKee, P.C. where he focuses on both civil and criminal litigation. Justin practices in both the Pennsylvania state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He has prosecuted numerous misdemeanor and felony offenses, including hundreds of DUI cases. His experience with prosecuting DUI cases ranges from advising law enforcement as to the initial charge to suppression hearings and, ultimately, trial. Justin also served a member of the Appellate Practice Section where he authored briefs for review by the Pennsylvania appellate courts. He also served as a judicial law clerk where he was introduced to a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. Justin earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Prior to entering law school, Justin worked in the Private Wealth Management Section of Mellon Bank (now BNY Mellon). He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2009. During law school, Justin was Executive Comment Editor of the Duquesne Business Law Journal. He also gained practical experience as a judicial extern and represented individual investors as a student-attorney through the Duquesne Securities Arbitration Practicum.

Amanda B. Kraft, Esq.

Amanda is an associate in Pittsburgh law firm Feldstein Grinberg Stein & McKee's Litigation Practice Group. Amanda's practice is concentrated in the area of litigation in the various State and Federal Courts. Her experience includes business and commercial litigation, shareholder litigation, professional malpractice, civil rights, criminal, contract dispute and casualty claim allocation matters in the Courts' Civil, Criminal, and Orphans' Divisions. A graduate of University of Delaware, Amanda received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology and interned with the Cecil County, Maryland Circuit Court. After graduating, Amanda worked with children with mental illness diagnoses for a mental health agency in Central Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2011. At Duquesne University, Amanda was Editor-in-Chief and a published member of the Criminal Law Journal, represented the Law School at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition in Dallas, Texas, and participated in the School's Summer Study of Law Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dublin, Ireland. She gained practical experience by interning with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office's Crimes Persons Unit and clerking for a group of interdisciplinary sale practitioners in the areas of property, estates, construction, labor, employment, family, corporate, municipal,

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