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Courtroom Survival-"The Science of Prevailing in the Courtroom"

Hosted By The Horry County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach Area)

Instructed By:  Bert von Hermann, J.D. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he was led counsel in over 100 trials including over 50 murder trials. Two of these cases were two nationally recognized cases involving homicide by child abuse forging advances in the legal acceptance of accountability of women consuming drugs while pregnant killing an unborn child, as well as advancing a successful prosecution in a Homicide case where the body was not recovered. During his tenure, he assisted in forming the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit. In 2008 he established The von Herrmann Law Firm and has been involved as a litigation attorney in over 1000 cases both in the civil arena as well as criminal. During this time, he has been involved in all aspects of criminal and civil litigation including defense of a capital case and several wrongful death cases. Throughout his career, he has been a frequent commentator on legal issues in the media. Moreover, he has been involved as an instructor for the National District Attorneys Association, South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the 15th Circuit LE training seminar and annual training. His interaction with postgraduate instruction includes being a guest speaker at several events at Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technology College where he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the field of criminal justice, and is eager to assist law enforcement in the area of professional Courtroom presentation.

Course Duration24hrs            Instructional Setting Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help the law enforcement officer understand how court proceedings work, and what their role is as witness for the State. Collecting evidence and documenting facts are two of the most important aspects of the criminal law. This course will provide the law enforcement officer with the knowledge required to properly and professionally prepare their case, and how to testify to the facts of the case under Direct Examination, as well as Cross Examination. Knowledge and understanding of the lengthy court process that follows arrest makes it easier for the law enforcement officer to properly prepare their case for court, and testify to the facts while maintaining decorum.

 Topics Include:  

  • The Process of Prevailing in Court

  • Plea Bargaining

  • Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects

  • Interpreting and Use of Individual Perceptions in Investigations

  • Documenting Your Case

  • Anticipation issues at Trial During Investigations

  • Dealing with Prosecutors and Judges

  • Social Media as an Investigation Tool

  • Chain of Custody

  • Building Credibility for Law Enforcement, and Your Case

  • Types of Courts

  • Hearings and Pre-Trial Motions

  • Rule 5/Brady Motion Violations

  • Your Appearance/Attire in Court

  • Know Your Case

  • Courtroom/Trial Ethics

  • Anatomy of a Trial

  • What Can a Witness Testify To

  • Painting a Picture for the Jury

  • The Defense Attorney – Your Testimony Under Cross Examination

  • The Police as a Potential Defendant or Under Scrutiny

  • Body Camera’s and In Car Camera’s


INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:  The goal is of this course is to provide the law enforcement officer with a close examination of power and limitations in gathering evidence, proceedings before trial, preparation of your case, and testifying to the jury. This course is designed to give Investigators and other law enforcement officers a better understanding of courtroom proceedings, criminal procedure, and what their role is in the process; which will enable them to succeed in not only the field of law enforcement, but in Criminal Investigations and court preparation.    


Global Police Solutions, LLC is an Approved Industry Provider of Advanced Law Enforcement training in the United States and Abroad.

 “Professional Training for Today’s Law Enforcement”  


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Course Details

Event date: 06-19-2017
Event End Date: 06-21-2017
Capacity 40
Cut off date 06-16-2017
Individual Price $369.00
Location J. Reuben Long Administration Building
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