This course provides a comprehensive view into the different types and degrees of evidence and addresses the importance of how evidence is developed and used in a trial setting.
In most criminal matters, law enforcement personnel are the first to come into contact with evidence. Whether evidence is testimonial, documentary or real, it is imperative that each law enforcement officer understands the importance of laws concerning the admissibility of evidence.
In this course, we will explore the rules for admissibility of evidence in the criminal trial process, and we do so through a hands-on approach that includes mock trial exercises.
This course leads to a better understanding of how and why evidence is admitted or excluded by the courts. Critical reading and writing skills are required in this course.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Scott Moller graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1995. Upon admission to the bar, he pursued a civil litigation practice for three years, then began his career as a prosecutor, representing the state of Wisconsin in criminal cases. He served as a prosecutor for the next 15 years, handling cases in a number of jurisdictions across the state. While working as a prosecutor, he offered educational seminars for police officers and taught at Nicolet College. He now serves as a full-time professor and chair of the Department of Administration of Justice at Monterey Peninsula College.