Criminal Law Presentations

• Who is Ernesto Miranda and Why Do We Still Care?
The Miranda decision is almost 50 years old and that time was a groundbreaking case that limited how the police could question a defendant.  However, in the past five years there have numerous decisions interpreting and limiting this decision. In this interactive class we will review the Miranda decision, the latest Miranda cases from the United States Supreme Court, and the Fifth Amendment, including decisions involving voluntariness of confessions.

• Consenting Adults and Really Hot Pursuits: A Roadmap through the Fourth Amendment 
The Fourth Amendment protects individuals against unreasonable searches and seizures. In this presentation we will determine what type of action by the police constitutes a search or a seizure. This seminar will review traffic stops, consent searches, hot pursuit, exigent circumstances and other exceptions to the search warrant requirement. Most importantly we will review the most recent cases from the United States Supreme Court interpreting the Fourth Amendment.

• Self Defense and the Castle Doctrine
After parking his car before attending a Cleveland Cavaliers game, the defendant and a parking lot attendant have a dispute concerning an added $10 fee for a premier parking spot. The defendant shoots and kills the parking lot attendant claiming that he acted in self-defense. This presentation will examine the elements of self-defense, the duty to retreat, the castle doctrine and defense of another. We will also examine this affirmative defense when non-deadly force is used.
• But Officer… I Only Had One Beer: Suppression Issues & the Fourth Amendment
In order to be an outstanding prosecutor or defense attorney, you must have an understanding of the Fourth Amendment since that can determine whether a case is dismissed or prosecuted. Attendees will review the most recent case law on search and seizure. We will watch film clips and discuss the most recent cases involving Driving Under the Influence and warrantless searches and seizures. Attorneys will learn and discuss pretextual stops, searches incident to an arrest, DUI checkpoints, 911 tips reporting drunk driving, consent searches and other exceptions to the search warrant requirement. Most importantly, lawyers will learn how to isolate the controlling issues on a motion to suppress and to argue a motion to suppress. Attendees described this presentation as “excellent, engaging, useful, good use of multimedia, interactive and a great program.”