Criminal Justice / First Responders

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

Part III: Trial Considerations for Prosecutors

Original presentation date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Presenter: Viktoria Kristiansson, JD, AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women

Description: Developmental disabilities may impact a victim's ability to participate in a criminal investigation and testify at trial. Prosecutors handling cases involving victims with developmental disabilities must be prepared toaddress the impact of the developmental disability on the victim, as well as on the crime - particularly when assessing the offender's behaviors, victim selection, and steps taken to perpetrate the crime. This webinar will enable prosecutors to anticipate issues and evidence that need to be addressed prior to trial; file and argue pretrial motions; develop trial strategies that appreciate the mental, intellectual, developmental disabilities of the victim involved in the case; and understand sentencing considerations.

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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