Improving and Building Your Strangulation/Suffocation Case for Felony Prosecution. It’s Not a Misdemeanor.

Improving and Building Your Strangulation/Suffocation Case for Felony Prosecution. It's Not a Misdemeanor., Room: Univ AB

Wednesday - September 12, 2018: 10:30 a.m. - noon

Incidents of domestic violence account for the single largest category of calls-for-service for every police agency in America.  Non-fatal strangulation cases are the most difficult to investigate and prosecute.  They are often prosecuted as misdemeanors.  Strangulation cases can unintentionally be minimized by professionals due to the lack of visible injuries, lack of investigative training, absent of specific strangulation laws and formal investigative protocols. Today, “choking” cases are called non-fatal strangulation cases and are now being successfully investigated and prosecuted as felonies in many states. This multi-media presentation, given by one of the country’s leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, focuses on how to build a non-fatal strangulation case for felony prosecution using a multi-disciplinary approach, specialized training, specialized investigative forms and asking specific investigative questions to strangled victims. It will also explain how trauma-informed interviewing techniques and forensic exams aid specially trained prosecutors.


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Presenters

William S. Smock, M.S., M.D

Police Surgeon - Louisville Metro Police Department