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Preparing Your MV Crash Case for Trial

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To properly prepare your MV case you have to consider the many possible defenses. That may include evidentiary and technical issues that require follow-up investigation and/or additional development. Gleaned from more than a thousand cases in which the author has been involved, this text challenges the litigator to think outside the box in anticipation of taking the case to trial.

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Anticipating Defenses in a MV Crash Case

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To do the most complete investigation and to prepare for trial of a MV crash case it is essential that you be able to anticipate some of the potential defense strategies and tactics. This facet of trial preparation may suggest additional investigative activities that could preclude a spurious or faux defense theory. This text is broken down by type of collision along with many suggestions of general defenses that could occur in almost any type of MV case. A must have for both prosecutors and investigators.

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Low BAC Driver Impairment

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Do you have a case where the BAC evidence is near the per se .08? Do you need a treatise to neutralize the defense toxicology expert with a devastating, incisive concession-based cross examination? Would it help to have references of published treatises that describe the low BAC thresholds for impairment (as low as .02) for various driving skills? The driving skills references are grouped according to the type of crash, showing which driving skills are impaired below .08.

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Kwasnoski's Little Red Book: A Primer on Collision Reconstruction (3rd Edition, 2018)

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A readable foundation text for those who want a primer on collision reconstruction. Patterned after Prof. Kwasnoski’s Lethal Weapon lectures, and including additional materials and references. This book is a perfect read for prosecutors and for officers who want to gain a new perspective on the science of collision reconstruction.

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Courtroom Success

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Subtitled “Being an Effective Witness” this helps officers prepare for trial and understand the hidden rules of the courtroom regarding objections, rules of evidence, cross examination techniques, etc. Including numerous examples taken from actual transcripts, with analysis to help officers understand the tactics that defense attorneys will use to examine and discredit the officer in the cross examination.

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The Physics of Automobile Crashes

J. Kwasnoski
267 pages – softbound – with numerous illustrations, charts and tables

This is the text used in the freshman course “Physics for Law Enforcement” at Western New England College, and includes the fundamentals of the science of crash reconstruction. The perfect text for reviewing the scientific foundation of crash reconstruction methodology and testimony, this text is written at a non-calculus level.

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Lethal Weapon Lectures - Collision Reconstruction DVD Library

A series of six DVDs of the Lethal Weapon – DWI Homicide lectures delivered at the National Advocacy Center.  Ideal for those who wish to refresh their knowledge of collision reconstruction principles and the presentation of expert testimony at trial.  Titles include:    Physics Concepts, Time-Distance-Speed Analyses, Speed from Tire Mark Evidence, Drag Factor, Multiple Event Collisions, and Speed from Yaw Mark Evidence.

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The INVESTIGATOR

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J. Kwasnoski
MV Crash Checklists on Windows CD-ROM

An encyclopedia of “to do” crash scene checklists, from conducting mechanical inspections to interviewing witnesses. Can be used on a laptop computer at the scene or hard copies of checklists can be printed for future reference.

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