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Securing Your Client's Pretrial Release in Federal Criminal Cases

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Produced on September 08, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Public Interest

Course Description

This course, presented by Joshua Dratel, founder and President of Joshua L. Dratel, P.C. provides a primer on securing a client’s pretrial release in criminal cases. The course will concentrate on the process in federal court while also alerting practitioners to important trends evolving in the state courts. In addition to covering the applicable legal principles, the course will also discuss a number of practical aspects pertinent to bail in the federal system, including negotiation with prosecutors, written and oral presentations, preparing a package of property and sureties, and securing the proper documentation to complete the bail process.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop best practices for securing a client’s pretrial release in federal criminal cases
  2. Identify how to successfully negotiate with prosecutors, prepare for your bail hearing presentation, and prepare the package of property and sureties during the bail process in federal court
  3. Gain the proper documentation to complete the bail process
  4. Become familiar with evolving bail trends in state courts

Credit Information

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Joshua Dratel

Law Offices of Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.

Joshua L. Dratel is an attorney in New York City, and practices criminal defense law in the state and federal courts nationwide. In his 32 years as a lawyer, his practice has included a wide range of matters, including “white collar,” “organized crime,” national security, extradition, drugs, sex offenses, and capital cases. He has testified as an expert witness on four occasions in extradition matters in the United Kingdom and Canada, and served as an expert in extradition matters in those jurisdictions in writing in several other cases.

He is a past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005), as well as former Chair of its Amicus Curiae Committee. He is also a Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chair of its National Security Committee, and a former member of its Board of Directors and Public Affairs Council. He serves as NACDL’s delegate to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council, and serves on the Advisory Board of The Champion, NACDL’s monthly magazine. In addition, he is currently a Senior Fellow for Legal Research at the Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel in the Southern District of New York, and he is also a member of the Southern District of New York’s capital representation panel.

He was co-author of the 2003 Supplement of Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and his articles on a variety of criminal law subjects have appeared in The Champion, The Mouthpiece, and Criminal Justice Weekly. He is co-editor with Karen J. Greenberg of The Torture Papers: The Legal Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press: 2005), a compendium of government memoranda, and The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge Press: 2008), a digest of the litigation documents in the five most important enemy combatant cases.

He has lectured nationally on a variety of criminal law subjects for a variety of organizations, including NACDL, NYSACDL, the ABA, and U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts. In 2006, he was the recipient of NACDL’s Robert C. Heeney Award, that organization’s highest honor. In 2007, along with other lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, he was a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights. In 2011, he received the Honorable Robert Louis Cohen Award for Excellence in the Practice of Criminal Law from the New York Criminal Bar Association. He is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbia College, and a 1981 graduate of Harvard Law School.



Michael B.

Very comprehensive and informative.

Derrick M.

Great course on bail in the federal system

James E.

Interesting topic.

Mattie A.


Bertram O.

A good course on federal bail.

Algis B.

More info as to danger to the community rather than financial considerations

Steven R.

Very good summary.

richard d.

Good speaker.

John C. T.

good lecture with good examples

Jessica I.

very informative and interesting.

Robbin C.

Very well presented and helpful

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