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How to Use a Batterer Intervention Program to Defend Domestic Violence Cases

This video explains how to use a batterer intervention program to improve the chances of getting domestic violence charges dismissed or reduced. This is video #4 in our series on domestic violence defense strategy. In this video, Stephen Gustitis explains how to use participation in a batterer intervention program as a part of domestic violence [...]

By | December 10th, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

How to Drop Charges Against Someone for Domestic Violence

This video explains how to drop charges against someone for domestic violence to improve the chances of getting domestic violence charges dismissed or reduced. This is video #3 in our series on domestic violence defense strategy. In this video, Stephen Gustitis explains how to drop charges against someone for domestic violence as a part of [...]

By | December 3rd, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

Domestic Violence Defense – Reconciliation is Key!

How can you use domestic violence reconciliation as part of a domestic violence defense strategy to improve your chances of getting domestic violence charges dismissed or reduced? This is video #2 in our series on domestic violence defense strategies. In this video, Stephen Gustitis explains how to use reconciliation between partners in domestic violence cases [...]

By | November 26th, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

How to Get Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed

What can improve your chances of getting domestic violence charges dismissed or reduced? This video begins a new series on domestic violence defense strategies. In this video, Stephen Gustitis explains his domestic violence defense strategy in cases sharing the characteristics of reconciliation, a non-prosecution request, and batterer intervention training. Domestic violence defense strategies like this [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

3 Reasons to Defend Yourself in Court and Plead Not Guilty

What are 3 good reasons to defend yourself in court? Our 3rd video in the series on plea bargaining pros and cons explains the reasons to plead not guilty, to fight your case, and to defend yourself in court. In this video about fighting your case in court, Stephen Gustitis answers the question why you [...]

By | October 15th, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

Plea Bargaining Pros and Cons – 3 Arguments Against Plea Bargaining

The 2nd video in our series on plea bargaining pros and cons. This video explains arguments against plea bargaining. In this video on plea bargaining pros and cons, Stephen Gustitis answers the question about three arguments against deciding to plea bargain your criminal case. Further, the plea bargaining process is explained and the plea bargaining [...]

By | October 8th, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

Plea Bargaining Pros and Cons – 3 Arguments For Plea Bargaining

We begin our series on plea bargaining pros and cons. This series explains arguments for and against plea bargaining. In this first video of a new series on plea bargaining, Stephen Gustitis answers the question about three arguments for deciding to plea bargain your criminal case. Further, the plea bargaining process is explained and the [...]

By | October 1st, 2018|Courtroom Trial Practice|0 Comments

“Getting Creative – Use Kelly v. State to Challenge Any Scientific Evidence”

In a contested bond revocation hearing, not long ago, the State attempted to admit evidence our client violated a restricted zone using global positioning system (GPS) evidence. They further sought to admit evidence from a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) device that she inappropriately consumed alcohol while on bond. On the day of the hearing [...]

By | January 5th, 2016|"Off The Back", Courtroom Trial Practice, Forensic Evidence|Comments Off on “Getting Creative – Use Kelly v. State to Challenge Any Scientific Evidence”

“Another Nuts-and-Bolts Primer on Batson Challenges”

Batson v. Kentucky is again front and center in the United States Supreme Court. On May 26, 2015 the Court granted certiorari in Foster v. Chatman, (No. 14-8349, 2015 Term). The case is currently set for argument on November 2, 2015. In Foster, Georgia prosecutors struck all four African-American prospective jurors from the death penalty [...]

“Getting Jurors to Tell Us the Truth”

The United States Constitution guarantees our right to a jury trial in both the original document and the Bill of Rights.1 The same right is further guaranteed by our Texas Constitution, art. 1, sec. 15. But more precisely, each constitution guarantees the criminally accused a right to a jury that is fair and impartial. To this [...]

By | July 10th, 2015|"Off The Back", Courtroom Trial Practice|Comments Off on “Getting Jurors to Tell Us the Truth”