Fourth Amendment

CLE COURSE: DIGITAL FORENSICS FOR ATTORNEYS 102

Just because a person installs some software on the neighbor’s computer does not make them a digital forensics expert. And when your client is looking at 30 years in prison, this is not the person you want to retain as the digital forensics expert in your next case. Digital Forensics There is a tremendous knowledge gap in our legal system today when…

New CLE Courses Added!!!

At Attorney Credits, we recognize that we live in a fast paced, ever-changing world.  Every new day brings new inventions, new fads and emerging trends in the practice of law – from utilizing cloud technology to drone law. New CLE Courses: A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts…

CLE Course: Issue Spotting in Criminal Law Cases

There is a great deal at risk when a person is accused of a crime. Your client’s life and liberty are at stake, and there is a lot of information you need to be able to recognize to ensure that your client’s rights are properly protected. Whether you are a civil attorney that needs a refresher on criminal law or you are…

CLE Course on the Importance of Mobile Phone Forensics in Litigation

For many of us, the only time we’re not using your smartphone is when we are taking a shower – and I have to admit to checking my fantasy football scores in the shower. If you are like me, your smartphone is a text messaging device and a phone… and it’s also an Internet browser, a GPS device and the easiest way…

CLE Course on How the Supreme Court Analyzes Evolving Technology

Almost 100 years ago, the Supreme Court was forced to decide on the admissibility of evidence from a groundbreaking new technology – the systolic blood pressure test. At the time, the evidence from the systolic blood pressure test – or lie detector test – was held to be inadmissible because it was not “sufficiently established to have gained general acceptance in the particular…

Digital Citizenship in Schools: From Policy to Practice

The schools of today are very different than the schools of our youth. Students today are faced with cyberbullying, sexting, Facebook and all the novel problems that our new digital world has created over the last decade. Schools and school districts must know how to address and respond to these new issues created by digital technologies so they can best help students…

Juror Privacy … Or a Fair Trial?

By Jason Castillo, Director of Legal Education There is a major conflict brewing in our American legal system.  The conflict pits the electronic privacy rights of jurors against the Sixth Amendment and the right to a fair trial for criminal defendants.  And last week a California Appeals Court decision bolstered the Sixth Amendment – while possibly undermining the SCA and juror privacy.[1]  In Juror…

Should One Facebook Post Merit a New Trial?

By Jason Castillo, Director of Legal Education Do you think that this Facebook post violates a criminal defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial?  And should the juror’s Facebook postings protected under the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA)?[1]  An appellate court in California has been asked to decide these novel electronic issues.[2] In June, 2010, shortly after the jury convicted the parties involved in…

ESI in the Criminal Context

In the arena of civil litigation, the rules governing the preservation, collection, production, and use of electronically stored information (ESI) have been developing rapidly over the last few years. Spurred in part by the Sedona Principles which were a precursor to the 2006 amendments of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2006, litigators at least have some guidance to deal with…