Search and Seizure in Virginia: Navigating the Thicket (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2016


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the May 2013 webcast, Search and Seizure in Virginia: Navigating the Thicket.

Topics covered include:

  • K9 searches: How to check the qualifications of the “drug dog”—do you have to know how to bark like a dog?
  • Arrest: Is the search incident to arrest or was that why he was arrested?
  • Reasonably articulable suspicion: What constitutes it for a legal search?
  • “Criminal activity afoot”: Has this euphemism exceed its original intent?
  • Staleness: When does a tip grow stale?

Every attorney practicing criminal law knows that Fourth Amendment issues are often the most critical aspect of a case, in recognition of which, the law of searches and seizures has become incredibly complex and nuanced. Advocates on both sides of the issue, attempting to apply the law to the facts at hand, have a wide field on which to run: has the constable innocently blundered, or is the government intentionally invading the rights of its citizens, and everything in between.

This seminar, taught by a sitting Commonwealth’s Attorney and an experienced criminal defense lawyer, is designed to reacquaint criminal law practitioners with the salient points of search and seizure law. The written material for the course is taken from the Virginia CLE® handbook Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia, and will be both current and comprehensive. Our speakers will review the overarching law, but focus on areas of particular interest and concern, being sure to address best practices and tips for success.


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J. Burkhardt Beale, Boone Beale PLLC / Woodbridge

J. Burkhardt Beale is the CEO of the firm Boone Beale, PLLC. Mr. Beale’s primary areas of practice are driving while under the influence and criminal defense. He earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and earned a J.D. from Washington and Lee University. Mr. Beale is admitted to practice in all Virginia courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense. Mr. Beale has lectured for Virginia CLE since 1989 on evidence in DUI cases. He has also spoken at several national CLE conferences on DUI defense in Georgia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. His personal training includes certification as an instructor on the NHTSA standards on field sobriety testing and as an operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Intox EC/IR II.

The Honorable Shannon L. Taylor, Commonwealth’s Attorney / Henrico

Shannon Taylor is the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico County. Taking office on January 1, 2012, she is the first female to hold that position. She received her undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Virginia, and her juris doctor from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Following graduation, she worked in the Richmond City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office where she experienced virtually all areas of criminal law, from juvenile and domestic relations to drugs to homicides. After leaving the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Shannon was the Special Counsel for the Richmond Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury (which included Henrico, Richmond, Chesterfield and Hanover) from 2004 to 2008. Shannon was a senior trial attorney with the law firm of Boone Beale from 2008 through December 2011.

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