July 19, 2019

Top Ten Criminal Law Programs and Homestudies

We are in the last week of the year, and the end of the compliance period is almost here. We are continuing our review of the Top Ten Programs and Homestudies in various practice areas — in case you missed it, we already reviewed ethics, family law, trust & estate law, real estate law, litigation, business law, and employment law.

Today’s focus is on criminal law. Although we have many great programs on various evidentiary issues, they are generally categorized as litigation programs, so make sure to check the Top Ten Litigation Programs and Homestudies for a review of hearsay rules, e-Discovery, and more. The Top Ten Criminal Law Programs and Homestudies generally focus more on practice issues and DUI law. Read on for the Top Ten Programs and Homestudies:

10. Anatomy of a DUI Case. Part of the “Small Firms, Big Success” series, this program provides an overview of handling a DUI case. The program is geared toward attorneys who do not have experience in criminal and DUI law. One general credit; available as MP3 audio download and Video OnDemand.

9. Legal Writing in Criminal Law. Learn from judges and other attorneys as they discuss how to write effective briefs in criminal law cases. Topics include efficient writing, writing and motions practice at the trial court level, “Top Ten” observations about legal writing in criminal law cases, ethics, and more. Five general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

8. DUI Basics: A Nuts-and-Bolts Approach. Anyone who practices DUI defense should listen to this homestudy. The program features discussions of litigating a forensic laboratory, a primer on defending DUI cases, how to attack standardized field sobriety tests, ethical considerations in DUI defense, and understanding the basics of DMV reinstatement hearings. Six general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

7. Felony DUI: The Law and Penalties. Learn the ins and outs of Colorado’s new felony DUI law, which creates a class 4 felony for fourth DUI offenses and also creates new sentencing schemes and provides alternatives for repeat offenders. One general credit; available as MP3 audio download and Video OnDemand.

6. The Law of Forensic Science — Criminal Law Fall Update 2014. Forensic science has come a long way in recent years. What began as fingerprint, ballistics and blood spatter evidence has evolved into DNA profiling, digital forensics and forensic chemistry. Criminal lawyers are often called upon to understand and litigate complex areas of forensics. This program not only illustrates how things have changed, but also includes thought-provoking discussion about the ethical and societal implications of these changes. Six general credits, including 1.8 ethics credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

5. Search & Seizure Law in Colorado: Update and Overview. A thorough knowledge of search and seizure law is vital to the practice of criminal law. Not one word of the Fourth Amendment has changed in over 200 years, but search and seizure law is constantly evolving, as new cases are added to the Fourth Amendment mosaic. This program discusses important cases involving searches and seizures. Attendees will receive a PDF copy of H. Morley Swingle’s book, Search and Seizure Law in ColoradoFour general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

4. Criminal Law Hot Topics 2013. Whether you are new to the practice of criminal law or a seasoned practitioner, this program focuses on timely topics with you in mind. Gain deeper knowledge of the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Defense (NGRI); Level of Supervision Inventory (LSI); and Crim. P. 35(c). Hear the perspectives of prosecutors, defense counsel, mental health professionals and a long-time Chief Judge. This program provides critical and practical information and materials. Seven general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

3. The New Bail Statutes — Criminal Law Spring Update 2014. In 2013, Colorado’s General Assembly overhauled our statutes governing pretrial release. Colorado’s new laws recognize what decades of research has proven: that using money as a condition of release does nothing to guarantee community safety and future court appearances. This program will give an overview of the new statutory scheme and some history behind bond. Eight general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

2. The NEW Criminal Jury Instructions AND Criminal Motions Practice — Criminal Law Spring Update 2015. On September 3, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court announced the release of new Model Criminal Jury Instructions. The entire first half of the Spring Update is devoted to the new instructions. A case can be won or lost at the motions stage, so knowing how to craft a persuasive pretrial motion is essential to your criminal law practice, whether you sit on the prosecution or defense side of the aisle. The second half is be devoted to persuasive motions practice. Hear from the bench, the prosecution and defense on what works … and what doesn’t. Seven general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

1. Race and the Criminal Justice System — Criminal Law Fall Update 2015. Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, and Ferguson, Missouri have become household names in recent times. It is not new information that minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. One difficult question we may ask ourselves is how do we as members of the legal profession contribute to this problem? And yet more difficult … can we do anything to change it? Attend this year’s Criminal Law Fall Update to join the difficult conversation about race in the criminal justice system, and to join in being proactive in your daily practice to be part of the solution toward racial equality … in the cell … in the courtroom … and in our community. Seven general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

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