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Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report Critique: Mitigation as Counter Strategy in Child Pornography Cases

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Produced on April 03, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 6m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

A presentence investigation report (PSI) is a report compiled from a number of sources as evidence intended to paint a full picture of a defendant's history, mental health, financial condition, and more. It is intended to assist the court in fashioning fair sentences and assists the probation officer in supervising the offender. More often than not, however, the PSI is incomplete, misleading, or otherwise inadequately prepared, and thus is not effective for mitigation purposes. This program, presented by an attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver, takes an in-depth look at the common issues with PSIs and gives criminal defense attorneys the tools they need to create an effective PSI for their client.

Learning objectives:
  1. Identify the major ways to critically examine a presentence report
  2. Recognize what tools are available to evaluate the client for presentence report purposes in order to more fully understand the client’s issues and needs
  3. Consider mitigation as a major tool for advocacy in criminal defense practice as a means to counter the presentence report
  4. Examine how mitigation is used in a practical and effective way to counter the PSI in child pornography cases 

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at MarkSilver1@cs.com or 917-608-1346. 


osvaldo m.

Very insightful thank you

Edward A.

Good info; I've seen the presenter before - always good. Thanks!

Jay G.

While I disagreed with some of his editorial comments, his presentation and material was excellent. He knows his stuff, and as I hoped, his presentation extended beyond the application in his topic title.

Donald L. M.

Good for criminal lawyers

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