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Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual

What you need to give your clients the best defense.

666 pages in 1 volume (printed book)
4th Edition 2016
© 2016 MCLE, Inc.
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Product Description

The Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual is a practical and comprehensive "tool box" geared for criminal defense in the District Court. Filled with seasoned advice from Massachusetts' finest criminal law practitioners and judges, the book guides you through every phase of criminal representation, from filing an appearance through pretrial hearings, trial and any post-conviction process. This is the key manual used for Bar Advocate trainings, and it is the only manual in Massachusetts that combines the advice of CPCS lawyers with that of private counsel, judges, and prosecutors.

Recent updates:

  • Update: August 2016

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your criminal law practice library with the 2016 revision to MCLE's Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual.

    With each revision we strive to provide you with both the most pressing updates in District Court criminal defense practice, as well as even more practical guidance and clear advice. Highlights include:

    • a new ethics chapter taking into account the many Rules of Professional Conduct changes enacted in 2015 (see chapter 5);
    • a completely revamped and reorganized chapter on arraignment and bail (see chapter 6);
    • an extensively refreshed chapter on mental health considerations (see chapter 7); and
    • a brand-new chapter on probation (see chapter 18).

    We at MCLE trust that you will find these new materials useful in your practice and in keeping your law library current. Thank you for your continued support.


    Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - Role of the Bar Advocate (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - Criminal Practice in the Massachusetts District Courts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Developing the Theory of the Case and Other Strategies (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - Common Defenses (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Ethics in Criminal Defense Practice (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Arraignment and Bail (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Detention Hearings (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - Mental Health Considerations at Arraignment and Beyond (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Pretrial Conferences, Pretrial Hearings, and Discovery Motion Practice (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 10 - Substantive Motion Practice (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 11 - Plea Bargaining (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 12 - Interlocutory Remedies: Review Before Direct Appeal (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 13 - Use of Experts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 14 - Trial Evidence (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 15 - Trial Advocacy (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 16 - Sentencing in the District Court (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 17 - Postconviction Concerns (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 18 - Probation (Buy Chapter)
Appendix - Reference Resource: Elements of Common Crimes Within the Jurisdiction of the District Court (Buy Chapter)



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