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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Syracuse Fall 2013

Syracuse Fall 2013 Seminar

Saturday, November 2, 2013

9am – 3:30pm

Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY

4 Skills Credits, 2 Ethics Credits


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Your clients come to you with important and challenging questions. Do you always know how to answer? NYSACDL’s Fall 2013 Syracuse Seminar will prepare you. From sentence calculation, prison programs and release, to DWI defense, refusal hearings, ignition interlock devices, and even how to protect your client from prosecutorial misconduct, in and out of the courtroom, this respected faculty will give you tools to deal with these questions, challenges, and more.


Faculty Bios & Topics


SO, HOW MUCH TIME AM I LOOKING AT? – Sentence Calculation


Patricia Warth, Co-Director of Justice Strategies, Center for Community Alternatives (Prepared By Alan Rosenthal, Co-Director of Justice Strategies, Center for Community Alternatives)


Even the most basic sentence calculation to determine what the terms of imprisonment of a sentence mean can be confusing. Sentence calculations are made all the more difficult because of New York’s multiple sentencing schemes, including determinate, indeterminate and definite sentences. This presentation will help you answer your client clearly when she asks you to explain what the proposed sentence means in practical terms. Understanding basic sentence calculations will also help you negotiate more knowledgeably during plea bargaining, thus improving outcomes.



HOW SOON CAN I GET OUT OF HERE? – Prison-Based Early Release Programs
Patricia Warth, Co-Director of Justice Strategies, Center for Community Alternatives


This CLE goes behind the prison walls to reveal the various prison-based programs that can result in early release. It will provide an overview of each of the prison-based early release programs, the impact on a person’s sentence, and the various eligibility and exclusion criteria. This seminar is important for any defense attorney who wishes to fully advise her client about what the imposed sentence actually means and how much time the client will likely serve. Just as importantly, knowing the eligibility and exclusion criteria of these early release prison-based programs can inform the plea negotiation process, and help attorneys bargain for a disposition that enhances the likelihood that their clients will benefit from these programs.



I ONLY HAD A COUPLE! – DWI Defense Including Interlock and Other Current Issues
John Ingrassia, Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia, Brown & Tetenbaum, LLP


This presentation will help provide you with what you need to know to successfully defend your clients in DWI cases. Included is a brief overview of Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirements and tips on defending alleged IID violations as well as a look at the recent DMV regulations regarding the 25 year look back at driving records and permanent revocations. Have greater success with hints on defending against DWI Sobriety Checkpoints and using discovery and case law to your advantage in defending the individual accused of DWI. Provide better services with a look at how to defend your client at a DMV Refusal Hearings and DWI Accusatory Instruments.


THEY CAN’T DO THAT! – Prosecutorial Misconduct, Resisting Ethical Violations
Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr., Brenna, Brenna and Boyce PLLC


PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT: What it is; what it isn’t. Minimizing the damage and preserving the issues for effective remedies.

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