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Criminal Practice in the General District Court in Virginia

(437 reviews)

Produced on October 31, 2016

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$ 89 Criminal In Stock

Course Information

Time 94 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Criminal

Course Description

In Virginia, most criminal cases are initiated in the General District Court. This is an introductory course for criminal practitioners in Virginia, beginning with the initiation of the case, getting your client out on bond, obtaining discovery from the Commonwealth, plea negotiations, trials and preliminary hearings. This course focuses on criminal procedure in General District Court as well as winning strategies for protecting your clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the procedures in the General District Court, from arraignment and pretrial matters, through preliminary hearings and trial
  2. Understand the applicable statutes and court rules
  3. Learn how to conduct client intake, draft motions, negotiate with prosecutors and court personnel, and understand the proper use of court reporters
  4. Articulate best practices throughout the process


Rebecca Wade

Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Sutter & Leischner, PLLC

Ms. Wade is an Alexandria, Virginia native, graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 2000. After graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law, Ms. Wade worked for more than five years at the Public Defender's Office for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. There she represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses from traffic offenses to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution, and sex crimes. Ms. Wade has tried over two dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Additionally, Ms. Wade has experience handling appeals and has appeared numerous times at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earing victories in both Courts.

Since leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Wade has also focused her attention on family law. She represents in cases of divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, and domestic violence. She volunteers with the Legal Aid Justice Center as a Pro Bono Lawyer representing children in juvenile court petitioning for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Ms. Wade speaks fluent Spanish and has represented over 100 native Spanish speakers, helping them through the legal process in their native language and is knowledgeable about the immigration consequences of any criminal convictions.

An experienced, bi-lingual, trial lawyer, Ms. Wade handles cases in the areas of family law and criminal defense.


Arthur S.

I have been practicing law since 1975 and this is one of the very best CLEs that I have taken. Highly recommend.

Robert W.

Relaxed presentation loaded with valuable real world practice tips! Maybe not the most polished delivery, but absolutely informative, valuable, engaging, AND enjoyable! Ms. Wade talks to us -an audience of already licensed attorneys- about important aspects of real-life practice before the VA GDC as if we were a group of friends chilling at happy hour after work rather than a group of stuffed shirts looking for a dry but flawless recitation of code sections read off of a rehearsed script. Hallelujah! My sincere thanks to Ms. Wade. Hopefully more CLE presenters can incorporate that approach.

Thomas S.

Very practical and sound advise on Virginia General District Court practice.

Daniel M.

Ms. Wade was excellent

Kelly Finley N.


Bruce F.

The faculty was outstanding!

Nikki K.

very informative and easy to understand :)

Robert N.

thorough presentation

T. O.

Knowledgeable presentation by Ms. Wade. Thank you!

David R.

Best nuts and bolts practitioner course I’ve ever taken.

Gregory L.

I have been practicing in general district court - criminal for many years. Ms. Wade's program was a worthwhile review.

Todd B.

She was excellent. Very thorough and some great tips. I’ve been practicing for over 20 years in criminal law and I found a lot of good information. Thanks very much.

Cathie J.

What a breath of fresh air! Great reality check about what it's really like in the trenches!

Clay M.

excellent presentation

William R.

Good Program

Pamela M.

Very good session.

Darrin M.

Good mix of black-letter and personal experience

Antoine M.

Enjoyed presentation, accurate and useable information

charles l.

Very good instructor. Good nuts and bolts of criminal practice in general district courts.

Charles S.

The presenter gave practical tips.

Thomas S.

Rebecca was a great presenter

Thomas K.

Great course. Great presenter!

Melanie M.

The presenter was very informative and I enjoyed all the practical advice.

Brian D.

Presenter was "fun". She made it easy to listen to.

Carrol C.

Very good speaker

Karen R.

Excellent. The best CLE I have seen in years. She knows her stuff, and the visuals of the Warrant and Summons were extremely useful in the way she presented those sections.

Brian C.

Very useful nuts-and-bolts.

Adria B.

well done!

Alastair D.

These nuts and bolts courses are my personal favorites. They really help fill in the gaps between law school (and other CLEs and professional reading) and the courtroom.

Edward M.

Very knowledgeable speaker.

Russell B.

Excellent course and an Outstanding presenter.

Sabrina C.

Loved the speaker. Kept my attention, and highly informative with loads of practical advice.

Ilise F.

Wade knows her stuff. It was a pleasure to take this course

Beverly B.

Good course

Joan K L.

Effective presentation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney

Amy M.

Great presentation! Well worth the time.

Stephen L.


Joan G.

Nice job!

Bethany K.

Informative and entertaining!

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