Criminal Justice / First Responders

Three-Part Webinar Series:
Prosecuting and Defending Criminal Cases Involving Persons with Disabilities

Part II: Trial Considerations for Criminal Defense Attorneys

Original presentation date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Presenter: Jeffrey M. Skakalski, JD, Disability Rights Network of PA

Description: Criminal defense attorneys often find themselves protecting the rights of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or mental illness. Defending these cases can be challenging, but knowing the law and raising these issues can make the difference between freedom and incarceration. This presentation will focus on diversion, competency standards, Miranda issues, coaching or tainting witnesses with mental disabilities, admissibility of mental health evidence, and obtaining mental health care for your client. There will also be some discussion of ethical considerations and federal civil rights.

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Contact Beverly Frantz, PhD

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service