Studies have shown that non-lethal strangulation makes homicide by an intimate partner seven times more likely and is considered a predictor of future homicide. Experts state that in 50% of non-lethal strangulation cases, there are no visible signs of injury that a person has been strangled but there are often documentable symptoms of internal injury. Consequently, it can be vital to have expert testimony as part of a prosecutor’s case so juries can understand the high lethality potential of strangulation and the seriousness of strangulation despite a lack of visible injury to the surviving victim.
At this seminar, DA Investigator attendees will learn from a national expert on strangulation about the mechanism of injury in strangulation, how evidence is collected, and how medical findings are interpreted. They will hear about best practices for the investigation and documentation of strangulation cases from a DA investigator who is a court-certified expert in strangulation cases. They will learn from prosecutors who are well-versed in handling these cases and conducting direct and cross examinations of experts. Additionally, because having the technical information is not enough, attendees will learn from a nationally-renowned trainer how to present clear and persuasive direct testimony, survive cross examination, communicate effectively with judges and jurors, and avoid the mistakes of past experts. This training will culminate in a hands-on student practicum held at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. The CDAA Foundation proudly supports this seminar.
Date & Location
January 30-31, 2018
DoubleTree Anaheim/Orange County & Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Mechanism of Injury in Strangulation Cases • The Investigation & Documentation of Strangulation Cases • The Prosecutor’s Case • Advanced Courtroom Communication • Student Practicum: The Expert Witness Experience
Contact CDAA for information on P.O.S.T. credit. This seminar will not be certified for MCLE credit.
The seminar will be held at the DoubleTree Anaheim/Orange County at 100 The City Drive in Orange. The second day o the seminar will be held at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. We have a block of rooms for seminar registrants. To reserve a room at the special CDAA rate of $120+ tax, you must contact the hotel by January 8, 2018. Click HERE to make reservations or call the Reservations Department at 1-800 HILTONS. You must identify yourself as part of the CDAA Strangulation Investigation, Documentation & Testimony Seminar. For more information on and directions to the DoubleTree, click HERE.
Parking & Shuttle
For shuttle service from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport, there are several options. Click HERE for a few. CDAA has secured a special self-parking rate of $10 per day. CDAA will share with seminar registrants details about transportation between the DoubleTree Hotel and Chapman University for the second day of the seminar.
There is no tuition for this seminar. The seminar is limited to California District Attorney Investigators and has a cap of 30 attendees. We are limiting registration to one investigator per county. However, if the seminar is not full on December 1, 2017, we will allow for more than one registration per county (on a first-come-first-served basis).
Every attendee will be eligible to receive a travel scholarship. Please note: To receive a scholarship one must: (1) be registered for this seminar; (2) submit a completed scholarship request form (click HERE) no later than December 29, 2017; and (3) submit a completed Scholarship Expense Form (click HERE) within 7 days after the seminar.
The seminar agenda will be available soon.
Suzanne Hunter, Director of Grant Training, email@example.com