Courtroom Survival for Traffic Officers

Courtroom Survival for Traffic Officers

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Appropriate for courses in Law and Evidence.

Offering a rare combination of courtroom legal knowledge and traffic law enforcement procedures, Courtroom Survival for Traffic Officers uniquely prepares officers for their role in the courtroom. It moves beyond the abstract, providing concrete strategies for overcoming common defense tactics. Starting at the scene, it shows readers how to interview witnesses, victims, and suspects; how to distinguish reasonable suspicion from probably cause; and the importance of foundation. Special chapters are devoted to the use radar and collision investigation and reconstruction. The authors' real world experience infuses each topic as readers learn how traffic officers can better prepare for the courtroom experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 216 x 279mm
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 0131132903
  • 9780131132900

Table of contents

1. An Introduction

2. Prosecutorial Ethics and Common Defense Tactics

3. Interviewing Investigative Subjects

4. Reasonable Suspicion vs. Probable Cause

5. The Importance of Foundation

6. Use of Radar

7. Traffic Collision Investigation and Reconstruction

8. Proper Preparation

9. Alternatives to Trial (. . .sell that citation. . .)

10. Possible Administrative Actions

11. The Importance of Good Notes

12. Corpus Delicti

13. Trial Preparation

14. Courthouse Etiquette

15. Trial Strategy

16. Calibration Evidence

17. Burden of Proof

18. Meeting and Overcoming Objections

19. Examination of Witnesses

Miscellaneous Laws

State-by-State Information

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Glossary of Terms
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About Richard J. Ossenberg

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY: California trial lawyer since December 21, 1977. Private practitioner/Staff Counsel in charge of Los Angeles legal office for CA DMV/Deputy DA for Riverside County (07/87-11/00), Assignments included: Deputy-in-Charge: Indio Municipal Court/Palm Springs office/Major Narcotic Violator Program for Eastern Division of Riverside County. Trust Administrator: RSA Legal Defense Trust.

EDUCATION: Mater Dei H.S. (diploma)/Golden West College (AA degree)/Cal. State Univ.-Long Beach (BA degree)/Chapman College (Masters Degree in progress)/Western State University College of Law (Juris Doctorate).

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Three self-published books (Catch 55: Courtroom Survival for Traffic Officers/Catch 56: Courtroom Survival for DUI Cops/Courtroom Survival for Small Claims Court Litigants). Hey Doc Copper!: monthly practical advice column for police officers featured in: Police & Security News/9-1-1 Magazine/Police Times/Chief of Police/RSA News. Law Enforcement educator: Search & Seizure/Courtroom Demeanor/Credit Card Fraud/Basic Investigation/Courtroom Survival for Peace Officers. Who's Who in American Law/Who's Who in California. 1997 CNOA Region V Nominee for Prosecutor of the Year/1997 Riverside County District Attorney's Hawk Award/1997 Palm Springs Police Department Prosecutor of the Year.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Author/Commentary Columnist/Lecturer/Founder & President: business created to serve this nation's law enforcement professionals. Six-book deal with Prentice Hall: Courtroom Survival series.
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