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  • Description

    Most criminal defense attorneys have their tried and true strategies for obtaining an acquittal and though every case needs to be determined on its own merit, there are some defenses that are rock-solid, and others that are more of a gamble. But there aren’t too many who put forth the justification defense often. As it already implies the admission of a criminal act, defense attorneys are starting out with a handicap, which is why most attorneys would advise their client to plead out.

    This CLE course will change the way you think about the justification defense, when to use it, how to use it and strategies for effectively employing this surprisingly advantageous defense.

  • Instructor Bio

    Jeffrey Schwartz

    For 34 years Jeffrey T. Schwartz has been investigating, prosecuting and defending whitecollar and violent criminal cases in both the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. He is a former homicide, investigations and major case prosecutor for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and was a founding member of both its vertical Narcotics Trial, and Career Criminal Major Crime Bureaus.

    He has been honored, recognized and awarded certificates of outstanding dedication and service by the Queens District Attorneys Office, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the City Council of New York, as well as the Detective Endowment Association of the New York City Police Department.

    He serves on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program for over 25 years and lectures on many aspects of trial advocacy, forensic evidence and criminal law. Mr. Schwartz appears in the media as a legal analyst and has been profiled in local and national publications, including the New York Times.