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Jonathan Katz’s Legal Guides

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  • Does your judge or jury want to be in the courtroom? What can you do to change that?

    Even the most tyrannical-seeming judges are still humans, with feelings, hopes and dreams. They have some level of desire to be spoken well of, but are less likely to depart from their tyrannical-seem

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  • Going to court vibrating highly and with positive energy.

    Negative energy and anger get in the way of fighting in the courtroom battlefield. Here are some tips on fighting with high energy. Anger always debilitates. When one sees and experiences all the righ

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  • Tips for negotiating a criminal case.

    Trials may be sexy -- at least if won -- but there first should be an effort to obtain a favorable resolution before proceeding to trial. Negotiations: Stinky cigars, risks of walking away, and the ah

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  • Beware eyewitness testimony.

    "I will never forget that face"? Hogwash. "[T]he annals of criminal law are rife with instances of mistaken identification," as the late Justice Brennan reminded us in 1967. "[T]he annals of criminal

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  • Owning the conversation is a key step towards winning.

    Letting prosecutors interrupt a criminal defense lawyer's critical argument can be very harmful to the defense, by the prosecutor's putting his or her own spin on the defense's argument, by the judge'

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  • Going to criminal court as a guerrilla warrior.

    Criminal defense work does not suit just anyone. Those who thrive on being part of the "in-crowd" since high school on up, right to college fraternities and to country clubs, might feel like fish out

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  • I've been suspected/stopped/arrested. Now what?

    Police are all over the place. Here are some practical tips on reducing your likelihood of detention, arrest and prosecution. Here are some tips to help keep police bored while on the job. KEEPING TH

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  • "Check rather than hurt. Hurt rather than maim. Maim rather than kill."

    Fighting in court and everywhere else is about fighting to harmonize imbalanced situations, rather than to draw proverbial blood merely to draw blood. Lesson from Master Kan By Jon Katz, a criminal de

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  • The necessity of teamwork between lawyer and client.

    Success for the criminal defense side requires teamwork between the lawyer and his or her client. Harnessing the power of lawyer-client teamwork. Few battles and wars are won singlehandedly. An excep

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  • When prosecutors or law enforcement issue you a records subpoena, consult a lawyer.

    Records subpoenas from prosecutors should not be ignored. Consult a lawyer for assistance. Handling records subpoenas from prosecutors. When police, law enforcement, or a government agency issue you a

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