Investigating and Li...

Investigating and Litigating Mitigation and Exceptional Sentences Down

Approximately 95% of all criminal cases are resolved with a plea bargain. Investigating and presenting the mitigating evidence that relates to reduced culpability and that supports leniency during negotiation or at sentencing is a required skill for all criminal defense attorneys and investigators.

In this CLE, Cindy Arends Elsberry, the Felony Resource Attorney at WDA, will present on the substantive law and procedural rules for seeking an exceptional sentence below the standard range under the Sentencing Reform Act of Washington (SRA). This presentation will include what types of information can be used as mitigation, how to investigate mitigation and more specifically where to look to find the compelling evidence. Also included is how to work with the client to prepare him or her for allocution at sentencing and practical strategies for presenting the mitigation in the most helpful and impactful way for the client to benefit.

This CLE will be beneficial to attorneys and investigators who practice in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile defense. Mitigation is relevant in all aspects of criminal defense.

To register, simply email wda@defensenet.org with Mitigation in the subject line.

1.25 Law and Legal Credits have been requested from the WSBA.