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Borrow a Book | Complete Lending List

The Criminal Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide
by Amber L. St. Clair

Lending Library Number: 112

NOTE: Due to licensing restrictions, the CD that accompanies this book may not be available for loan.

You don't want to take a criminal case unless you have this book! It is an excellent resource to guide you along the journey of representing an individual who is alleged to have committed a crime. This book was written from the trenches, by a practitioner with over 100 trials under her belt and received "not guilty" verdicts in cases involving murder, rape, sex crimes, drugs, and DUI, among others. This guide will give you valuable "how to" advice for taking the initial client meeting to picking a jury and trying the case. It is not intended to be a summary of the law, but rather a cheat sheet. It is a guide that most senior criminal defense attorneys likely wish they had when they tried their first few cases.

The book includes information on:

  • How the criminal justice process works
  • Handling the initial client meeting and interview
  • Appearing at initial proceedings
  • Communicating with the prosecutor and the court
  • Preparing motions and pleading practice
  • Arguing motions in court
  • Negotiating plea bargains
  • Preparing for trial
  • Trying the case
  • Lawyering in the sentencing phase

The book also includes a CD-ROM with sample:

  • Complaint/misdemeanor
  • Sample jury instructions
  • Police report
  • Client questionnaire
  • Preliminary hearing waiver/order
  • Entry of appearance
  • Request for jury trial
  • Motion to modify bond
  • Motion for discovery
  • Motion to compel discovery
  • Motion to take deposition
  • Motion for bill of particulars
  • Motion to change venue
  • Alibi notice
  • Pretrial conference order
  • Motion to suppress
  • Motion for separate jury trial
  • Proposed jury instructions
  • Trial brief
  • Plea agreement
  • Transcript of plea and sentencing hearing
  • Victim impact statement
  • Medical report
  • Subpoena to produce
  • Good facts/bad facts example and cross examination outline
  • Closing statement outline
  • Opening statement transcript
  • Closing argument transcript

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