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Proven Defense Strategies for Challenging Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases

On January 13, 2011, Mark A. Satawa presented along with attorney Joe Simon of Simon & Geherin PLLC for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar on Proven Defense Strategies for Challenging Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases. The seminar was moderated by attorney Novia M. Gonzalez-Nichols of Gonzalez-Nichols & Nichols.

The seminar was described by ICLE as a “fast-paced, entertaining webcast featuring leading criminal defense experts discussing their tried and true practical tips for defending criminal sexual conduct cases.” The seminar covered a wide range of practical topics and practice hints on defending child sexual assault cases, including:

  • Master the elements of CSC offenses
  • Set the tone for a thorough client interview
  • Determine the best defense strategies for your case
  • Take your discovery to the next level
  • Conduct an effective preliminary examination every time
  • Effectively bargain during plea and sentencing negotiations
  • Assess a witness from a jury’s standpoint
  • Develop a persuasive theory of the case for trial

These topics were discussed for several different types of CSC cases, including internet sting cases, date rape allegations, and false accusations child molestation.

Mark A. Satawa practices in the area of criminal defense, specializing in forensic DNA, sex crimes, and federal crimes. Prior to joining his present firm, Mr. Satawa served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan and as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the board of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Mr. Satawa is a frequent lecturer on criminal law topics, and has presented for the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE, NACDL, CDAM, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s 2010 Annual Conference (www.wispdtraining.blogspot.com/p/materials.html), and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, a Michigan Super Lawyer, a Top Lawyer by dBusiness, and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan by the American Trial lawyer’s Association.

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