WRITING SEARCH WARRANTS, REPORT WRITING, AND COURTROOM TESTIMONY

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Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission Training Room
225 Backbone Road East
Princeton, IL
Instructor:

Jeffrey J. Pavletic is an award winning trial attorney who has built a reputation of integrity and exceptional skill in the courtroom. As a prosecutor for the past two decades, he has tried countless cases to victory (including approximately 150 jury trials with a concentration in homicide and violent crime). In addition to trying some of the most high profile and complex cases that have occurred in the history of Northern Illinois, Jeff was Chief of the Felony Review Division, and is currently the First Assistant State’s Attorney for the Lake County (Illinois) State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jeff served as Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the impeachment of President Clinton. His duties included all aspects of independent counsel review, the impeachment inquiry, presentation of articles of impeachment to the U.S. House of Representatives, all witness interviews and depositions of trial witnesses, and the actual impeachment trial before the United States Senate.

Not only has he developed a reputation for excellence in the courtroom, but he is also a published author and a well‐respected legal instructor. He currently holds undergraduate and graduate faculty positions and has received accolades as a nationally renowned lecturer, training thousands of police officers, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.

Jeff has received numerous federal, state and local awards. These include the Illinois State Crime Commission’s State’s Attorney of the Year, Felony Trial Attorney of the Year, The Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award, The Ruth Rosengarden Victim Service provider Award, and a special U.S. House of Representatives Award presented by Congressman Henry Hyde. Jeff has been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Court TV, and the Discovery Channel.

 

 
 
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $100

This one day seminar will focus on Writing Search Warrants in the morning.  Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony will be discussed in the afternoon.

Search Warrant Writing

•     Analysis of the Fourth Amendment
•     The three sources for  a search warrant affidavit
•     Illinois v. Gates
•     Crime scene analysis:  People v. Mason
•     Right to privacy
•     Katz v. U.S.
•     Florida v. Jardines
•     Laws governing police surveillance
•     Particularity requirement:  Places, Persons, Items to be Seized
•     The scope of a search
•     Anticipatory search warrants
•     Stale Information
•     U.S. v. Franks
•     Getting Judicial Approval
•     Execution of the search warrant
•     Securing the building
•     Searching persons on the premises
•     Knock and announce
•     Wilson v. Arkansas
•     Hudson v. Michigan
•     Serving the warrant
•     Inventory/Return
•     Personal Electronic Devices
•     Riley v. California
•     Tracking Devices:  U.S. v. Jones
•     Exigent Circumstances:  Kentucky v. King

Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony

•     Supreme Court Rule 412:  Disclosure to the Accused
•     Report Writing as it appl ies to Discovery Rules
•     Poor Report Writing : A Defense Attorney's #1 line of attack
•     Understanding Defense Attorney's and their tactics
•     Your Police Report Determines the Defense
•     What is Impeachment ?
•     Avoiding Impeachment:
•     Principles of Clarity:  Short Sentences Simple Language Active Tense Proof-Reading

Documenting Facts: 
Illinois Case Law Analysis
Documenting a Witness' Statement
Documenting a Defendant's Statement
Mandatory Electronic Recording of Custodial Interrogations
Documenting Crime Scene Specifics
Illinois case law regarding police reports Mapping out the well-written report:
1.  First Person Narrative
2.  Be Objective
3.  Never Speculate
4.  The Test of Time
5.  The Importance of Signed Witness Statements


II.  Courtroom Testimony

•     The Advantage that Police Officers Have
•     The Key is Always Preparation
•      How to Prepare for your Testimony:
       1.  Know your report
       2.  Review all prio r transcripts (Preliminary Hearing, Grand Jury, Motion to Suppress , Franks 
            Hearing)
       3.  Sit down with your prosecutor
       4.  Anticipate cross-examinat ion
       5.  Review all Physical Eviden ce
       6.  Review all Photographs
       7.  Review all Diagrams/Aerials
       8.  Review all Electronic Recordings
       9.  Understand all foundations for admissibility of evidence
     10.  Revisit the  scene
     11.  Determine which visual aids will provide the greatest impact on your testimony (People v. 
            Hommerson)
     12.  Testify as often as possible


•     Appearance
•     Posture & Delivery
•     Show respect and deference, not arrogance
•     Face the Jury/the Importance of eye contact
•     Plain words, simple sentences
•     Be Factual

Handing Cross-Examination:
•      You're selling the jury, not the defense attorney
•      You set the pace
•      Never let the defense attorney "bait" you
•      The 90% correct question
•      If you can 't  answer the question

Additional Tools that Can Aid you:
•     Refreshing your recollection
•     Past-Recollection recorded
•     Re-Direct Examination

What not to do:
•     Do not exaggerate or embellish
•     Do not "guess" or "suppose"
•     Do not volunteer information
•     Do not deny that youdiscussed your testimony with the prosecutor
•     Do not lose your temper or argue with the defense
•     Do not  accept anything the defense attorney says as true
•     Do not refer to the defendant by name or personalize him/her

MTU 5’s request for certification of this course, as well as Mandate Approval, has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.

TRAINING MANDATES MET BY THIS TRAINING
Civil Rights  X Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority.
  Cultural Competency   Procedural Justice
  Introductory Mental Health Awareness Legal Updates
  Human Rights   Use of Force (must include scenario based or similar approved training)
 X Lead Homicide Investigator   Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response
  Sexual Assault Investigator Training    

 
Course enrollment must be made by the agency CEO or designated training officer.  Registration may be made using our on-line course registration link on this website.  All officers enrolled by their department will be assumed to be on duty unless otherwise noted
 
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Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Serving the Counties of: Bureau – La Salle – Marshall – Putnam - Stark