November 2020

November 2020 Cover

What considerations are necessary for the defense lawyer representing someone charged with a crime involving a drone?


Articles in this Issue

  1. Book Review: Guilty People by Abbe Smith

    This month Tucker Carrington reviews Guilty People by Abbe Smith.

  2. Cross Country: Noncompliance with a Subpoena Duces Tecum as a Subject of Cross

    Larry Pozner offers tips on cross-examining an expert on the expert’s failure to comply with a subpoena seeking documents.

  3. Drone Crimes: A New Frontier in Criminal Defense

    The era of drone-related crime is here. Individuals have been accused of using drones to terrorize people, damage property, and stalk former love interests. What considerations are necessary for the defense lawyer representing someone charged with a crime involving a drone?

  4. DWI: Administrative Driver’s License Hearings

    Many people accused of DUI will have their driver’s licenses suspended in administrative proceedings. What are the essential practice tips when counsel challenges the suspension of a driver’s license?

  5. Forensic Genetic Genealogy Searches: What Defense Attorneys Need to Know

    Law enforcement has started to use genetic genealogy websites to try to identify suspects in cold cases. How does genetic genealogy work? What should defense attorneys look for if forensic genetic genealogy is used in their cases?

  6. From the President: What Is NACDL Doing for You and Your Clients in COVID-19?

    Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, NACDL has nimbly shifted its operations so that it could continue uninterrupted to provide first-rate member services and zealously work for a better criminal law system.

  7. Incorporating Social Science into Criminal Defense Practice

    Defense attorneys can leverage social science data to help their clients. Advocates can incorporate social science research into defense practice via motions in limine, motions to suppress, voir dire questionnaires, requests for judicial notice, stipulations, questioning of witnesses, requests for jury instructions, and plea negotiations.

  8. Inside NACDL: A Long and Winding Road to an Invaluable New Resource

    A Guide to Address Risk Assessment Tools

    In the report released November 2020, NACDL provided an in-depth analysis of risk assessment instruments that demystifies the process by which they are developed and applied in practice.


    A Compilation of Powerful Voices to Benefit the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice and More

    NACDL News for November 2020

  10. The Border Between Reasonable and Unreasonable: The Level of Suspicion Required

    to Conduct a Forensic Search of a Digital Device at the Border

    The rise of electronic devices like laptops and smartphones brought new questions to the border search doctrine. Are electronic devices like vehicles, which require no reasonable suspicion to warrantlessly search at the border? Or are digital devices more like invasive searches of a person? Does the type of search – manual or forensic – require different levels of suspicion to execute?