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An Introduction to Criminal and Appellate Procedure in Virginia

1h 1m

Created on October 21, 2019




This is an introductory course for criminal practitioners seeking to expand their practice to Virginia. The program, taught by former public defender turned private defense attorney Rachel Robinson, focuses on the structure of the court system, basic criminal procedure for a case, and the procedure and best practices for appealing criminal cases in Virginia. The program will highlight how the many opportunities for police error during the investigation, detention, and arrest stages give attorneys fodder for motions to suppress evidence on behalf of their clients. In addition, the course will discuss common pitfalls for attorneys during the appellate stages, and how to avoid them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the procedures in Virginia from first incident to arraignment and pretrial matters, through preliminary hearings, trial, and appeal
  2. Review the applicable statutes and rules
  3. Articulate best practices throughout the process

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