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Advocating For Your Client in NJ Criminal Matters: A Focus on New Jersey’s Search and Seizure Law

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Produced on August 14, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 16m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Advocacy in criminal matters begins when an attorney reads the police reports for a client’s case and is able to quickly spot the issues. Did the police come into contact with your client from a motor vehicle stop? Was there a basis for the stop? Did the police walk up to your client on the street? Did the police detain your client? Was there a basis for the detention? Was your client’s person searched? Was your client’s car searched? Was your client’s home searched? Did the police have a warrant for a search?

These and many other questions must be asked and answered by an attorney practicing criminal law in order to provide the most thorough representation of a client. Criminal practice attorneys must be cognizant of the various standards applicable for police-citizen encounters. Practitioners must also be up to date on the most recent case law regarding client rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.

In this course, attorney Tamra Katcher,  will review the basics of police-citizen encounters. She will also review the most recent New Jersey case law on the topic.

After completing this course, attorneys will have a general understanding of the constitutional parameters and requirements of New Jersey search and seizure law and relevant case law. Practitioners will immediately be able to apply this information to their current client cases and to new client cases in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the constitutional parameters and requirements of New Jersey search and seizure law
  2. Review recent case law relevant to the search and seizure law, and apply it your clients’ cases
  3. Understand the basics of police-citizen encounters in New Jersey

Credit Information

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Tamra Katcher

Rem Law Group

Tamra Katcher’s experience with the Criminal Justice System dates back to her internship and clerkship with the Hon. Paul J. Vichness, JSC. She also had the pleasure of interning for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, where she later was sworn in as an Assistant Prosecutor. During her experience as a law clerk, as well as an Assistant Prosecutor, she gained valuable experience with legal research and writing - a skill that she has honed and utilize to date on behalf of her clients and her students.

After leaving the Essex County Prosecutor's office, Tamra was an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Newark where she assisted in organizing and supporting the City's Quality of Life program. She worked closely with the Port Authority Police to prosecute illegal limousine activity at the Newark Airport. She also taught at the Newark Police Academy, training newly promoted Sergeants and Lieutenants about Newark municipal ordinances, and counterfeit DVDs and CDs being sold in the City in violation of State law. 

Since leaving the City of Newark, she had my own law practice, and returned to teaching as an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Departments at Kean University, County College of Morris, and the College of St. Elizabeth.Tamra is also a Senior Instructor for Garden State CLE, teaching other attorneys about various areas of criminal and civil law.

In 2013, she joined the Rem Law Group and specialize in Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI, and Motor Vehicle Offenses.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Offenses


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2004



New York Law School, New York, New York

  • Juris Doctor cum laude - 1999

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1992
  • Major: Marketing
  • Minor: Spanish


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Craig B.

This was a very good course for my practice at this time, thank you!

Chris S.

Instructor was excellent. I wish there was a NY search and seizure lecture

Neal M F.

Interesting and thorough presentation.

Jeffrey K.


Jonas P.

Thorough presentation of the subject matter, very well presented.

Adriana W.


Olga A.

Clear and well organized!

Cissy F.

good analysis of search and seizure

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