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From the Initial Phone Call to the Closing Letter: The Practical Knowledge Needed to Handle a Criminal Defense Case

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Produced on December 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

This course is for anyone who wants detailed, practical knowledge of how to handle a criminal case. While there is a lot of information out there about handling particular types of offenses, there are not many books that teach you what to do when you get a 2:00 AM phone call telling you someone has been arrested and needs your help. What do you do when you get that phone call? Do you call central booking? Do you call the precinct? Wait, you don’t know where your client is, how do you find that out? And wait a second, is he your client? Are you making all these phone calls before you are retained? 

This program, taught by experienced criminal attorney Scott Limmer, will answer many of these questions. The course is designed to give newly admitted attorneys, and more experienced attorneys who are new to practicing criminal law, an overview of the fundamental knowledge needed to be a criminal defense attorney. The program will provide an overview of a criminal case, from the initial phone call and the initial client meeting to arraignment, plea negotiations, and sentencing. The program will also discuss the defense attorney’s role in all of these parts of a criminal defense case and how to most advantageously represent your client. Additionally, it discusses how you can best communicate with clients, prosecutors, judges, and court staff in order to set yourself - and more importantly, your client - up for success.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Successfully arraign a client and avoid bail wherever possible
  2. Negotiate with the prosecutor to get your client a favorable disposition
  3. Persuasively argue the key elements of the case at trial and at a sentencing hearing

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2019 Bridge the Gap Event.    

Credit Information

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Scott J. Limmer

The Law Offices of Scott J. Limmer

Scott J. Limmer has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the area of criminal defense law, representing clients in State and Federal Courts. Scott represents clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties for essentially every type of criminal offense.

He received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1993. In 1994, he began work as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, where he handled thousands of cases and gained invaluable knowledge in the area of criminal law. In 1998, he left the DA’s office and founded a solo criminal defense practice on Long Island. Not long after, he added an additional office in Queens. Scott has represented countless clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties, advocating and guiding them through the criminal justice process.

 Scott also represents clients accused of violating their college’s code of conduct, specifically Title IX sexual abuse and harassment issues. He has advised clients throughout schools in the Northeast as well as around the country. 

Scott is the co-host of the “Reboot Your Law Practice” podcast. Scott and his co-host talk each week about how attorneys must give value, be authentic, build relationships, adjust, and evolve to be successful in the new legal reality we are practicing in. 

Scott enjoys discussing the business aspects of running a law practice, the future of law and how technology is changing the way most lawyers do business.


Jean C.

Wow! I have been practicing criminal law for over 20 years. I've been a prosecutor, a solo practitioner and a public defender. I didn't NEED to take this class, but I was curious to know what the instructor had to say. Every last detail was right on the money. I was dumbfounded by the accuracy, right down to the things clients say and do. This is a must for every criminal practitioner. It is chock full of valuable advice - even the smallest of details are incredibly helpful. Like I said, I didn't need to take this class, but it was great to affirm that I am engaging in best practices. Really, truly excellent presentation.

Melissa P.

Excellent! Should have been even longer.

Richard N.

This is one of the Best CLE's I've ever taken. The instructor gave real life substantive helpful information. Great Course!!!

F. Renee R.

Would love to see a copy of his retainer agreement

Evelyn A.

Was very clear and engaging

C. T. A.

4+! Great job.

robert f.

Good job. Info transcends state boundries.

Joan M.

Great program.

Daniel G.

Great speaker. Very engaging.

Kathleen J. P.

Love these practical courses. More please!

william n.

Speaker was the most pragmatic one I have heard yet on lawline. A+

Michael B.

Great info with excellent organization. Thanks!

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