Criminal Defense for the Non-Criminal Practitioner

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Course Description

This program was recorded on February 21st, 2018

This course is geared toward the non-criminal defense practitioner or new lawyer whom is considering entering the criminal defense arena. The course provides a general overview of the criminal case process and procedures, as well as some important, necessary details that will educate the non-criminal defense and/or new lawyer with satisfactory knowledge to speak intelligently and competently with a prospective client. Despite the fact the attorney may likely refer them to a different attorney, the information in this course will enable the non-criminal/new attorney to gather pertinent information in a brief phone conversation that can quickly be passed on to the referred attorney, if necessary. Most attorneys appreciate the referring attorney giving them at least a little information about the case prior to the prospective client contacting them.



  • Thomas Matthews
    Attorney Thomas Matthews has over 26-years experience (since 1992) and has handled over 1000’s cases. He is a well-respected trial attorney who is not afraid to fight for his client’s freedom. Tom believes in integrity and being passionately invested in his client’s legal problems. Thomas Matthews is caring and he sees himself as a problem solver who has to do everything in his power to help people get a second chance. Mr. Matthews has many endorsements from reputable organizations and his clients. Because of his exceptional criminal defense and trial skills, Mr. Matthews was recently voted as Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has also received hundreds of five-star reviews from his clients. A lot of attorney Matthews cases get dropped because of his commitment and unique strategic defense approach to all cases.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. Initial detention and arrest
    2. Fourth Amendment concerns
    3. Bail issues and process in state, federal, and juvenile courts
    4. The various categories of criminal charges: infractions, misdemeanors, felonies, serious felonies
    5. The differences in the procedure for each category of criminal charges
    6. The right to counsel for each category
    7. The Arraignment process for each category of crimes
    8. The requirements of clients to be present at particular hearings
    9. Settlement/readiness conferences
    10. The Plea Agreement process
    11. Common motions
    12. Sentencing and punishment
    13. The differences in procedure in state, federal, and juvenile court