D-455 – Advanced Criminal Procedure
Examination of the criminal adjudication process from the time criminal charges are contemplated and filed through the sentencing and post-conviction phases of a criminal case. The primary focus is on constitutional and related issues arising from the post-arrest aspects of the criminal process. The course will cover the grand jury process and the role of prosecutorial discretion in charging decisions; various trial and sentencing issues, including: pre-trial release and bail hearings; pre-trial discovery; speedy trial issues; the role of defense counsel; plea bargains and guilty pleas; the right to and role of a jury; trial rights, including the right to confront witnesses and to testify; double jeopardy; sentencing; and post-conviction relief. Prerequisites: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure.