This course is for the new graduate or the attorney who has practiced another type of law her or his whole career. You want to start practicing criminal law, and while there is a lot of information out there, there aren't many books that teach you what to do when you get a 2:00 AM phone call that someone has been arrested and needs your help.
What to 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 get retained?
This lecture seeks to answer many of these questions, and is designed to give newly admitted attorneys and those attorneys interested in practicing criminal law an overview of the fundamental knowledge needed to be a criminal defense attorney.
Attorney Scott Limmer discusses the initial phone call, the initial client meeting, arraignment, plea negotiations and sentencing. He also discusses the defense attorney’s role in all of these parts of a criminal defense case and how to most advantageously represent your client. Additionally, he discusses how you can best communicate with clients, prosecutors, judges and court staff.
I. How to arraign a client
II. How to negotiate with the prosecutor to get your client a favorable disposition
III. How to be persuasive at sentencing
This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.
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.
Great class! One of the best! Very detailed and practical!
Excellent and informative course easy to follow and very engaging learned a lot from this
Excellent nuts & bolts presentation by experienced practitioner..great presentation
Done well - and very practical.
One of the most informative cle's I ever took.
My first legal job 35 as an attorney as as an assistant DA so I can see that this was well done
excellent class and presentation. Useful tips on how to deal with clients and DAs.
Presenter was very good
Covered a lot of ground in an understandable way.
Excellent presentation. Hit home on so many notes.
This gave me a good start to the realities of criminal practice.
Excellent...down to earth, very useful for those of us with no criminal experience
Really Great Presentation
I'd hire him as my criminal attorney in a heartbeat and I worked at the US Attorney's office.
Great survey course
super job -- soup to nuts!
mr limmer was a great speaker who had a lot of practical advice to give very informative
very good oerview of things i would want to know and think about in a criminal trial situation
Excellent preparation and delivery. Very informative course.
For an introductory course one of the most informative and practical I have taken. Highly recommended to anyone 1-3 years practicing criminal defense
Great introduction to this area for those who do not practice in it now or are thinking of getting into it!
A great overview of the system from a very knowledgable practitioner.
Very interesting, great course! Thanks
Scott was great. Really broke it down and removed the intimidation factor of representing a "criminal" client.
Organized, comprehensive, and well-executed.
Very comprehensive and worthwhile. Points were discussed which were never covered in law school.
Scott did excellent job!
a very good, practical course by an obviously well-experienced lecturer
very practical information, dynamic presentation
Great job on a criminal overview. Enjoyed the lecture.
Outstanding. Really takes you through the steps and sets the listener up with the basic knowledge of how to handle a criminal case.
Excellent presentation. The step by step explanation was easy to follow and very informative.
Certainly one of the best Lawline instructors ever. I am an experienced prosecutor and defense counsel, and found Mr Limmer to offer useful, correct, knowledgeable advice
very good course for beginners
Very thorough overview.
Interesting and enthusiastic.
great overview for an attorney looking to expand into crim law
Useful and informative.
Great program, practical advice clearly presented
very interesting and very detailed but also general enough to be relevant most places
Very good introduction to criminal practice,
M. Limmer is a superb speaker, very engaging and this course was extremely helpful for lawyers who have no background in criminal practice
Excellent -- really informative. Thanks!
Absolutely fantastic! Best Lawline speaker I have watched.
I watched this class because I have an embezzlement case where I want to understand the criminal side. I am on he victim side for my client. Great skill and grasp of his material. I am jealous of his command.
Great speaker. I hope he has more courses.
Terrific job. Highly informative and fun to listen to. Really covered the subject and in down-to-earth terms. This is the perfect course for someone who is thinking of representing criminal defendants for the first time. It is also a real service to the p
excellent coverage of subject matter
good general overview
I thought this was one of the best seminars I have watched. Very thorough and engaging.