|Date(s):||Thursday, 11/19/2009, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Location:||MCLE, Lower Level Seminar Room, Boston (directions)|
|CLE Credits:||4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits|
How frequently do criminal defense attorneys take on cases which, at first blush, appear hopeless? The hand-to-hand drug deal to an undercover cop. The cold hit DNA match in a child rape case. A failure to register prosecution where the Commonwealth produces documents proving the defendant moved from his registered address without notifying the authorities. Our first reaction to receiving such a case is often, "This case must plead." But sometimes they dont. Or cant. Mandatory minimums, lifetime parole, immigration consequences, or the clients factual innocence often stand in the way of a pretrial disposition. Have no fear. These cases can be fought, and even won.
At this seminar, a panel of criminal defense attorneys who have "been there and done that" share with you their creative approaches to defending the proverbial Commonwealth slam dunk case. Specific scenarios we explore: Hand-to-hand drug sales to undercover police officers and defenses of misidentification, duress, and entrapment; Failure to Register cases and defenses built on technical deficiencies of applicable statutory provisions; Legal challenges to trespassing cases involving public housing authorities; Statute of Limitations defenses to sexual assault (and other) prosecutions; Self-defense and Adjutant evidence in Assault and Battery on a Police Officer cases Written materials include pretrial and trial motions which you can then tailor to your own cases.