Essentials of Search and Seizure in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the November 2019 webcast, Essentials of Search and Seizure in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Understand this important but confusing area of the law
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments
  • Learn best practices and tips from the defense, government, and judicial perspectives

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. It is important that advocates on both sides of the issue, attempting to apply the law to the facts at hand, understand the issue and how the law is applied.

This seminar, taught by a Circuit Court judge, an Assistant 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 materials for the course are taken from the Virginia CLE® handbook Defending Criminal Cases in Virginia, and will include useful forms. This program will be both a current and a comprehensive look at the law of search and seizure in Virginia. Our speakers will review the overarching law and focus on areas of particular interest and concern, being sure to address best practices and tips for success.

Among the hot topics they will discuss are:

  • Reasonable articulable suspicion, probable cause, and Terry pat-downs
  • Motions to suppress and Franks hearings
  • Technology and the law: GPS trackers, cell phone searches, drones, etc.
  • Custodial arrest and pretextual searches
  • Staleness: When does a tip grow stale?
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Hon. James A. Willett, Prince William Circuit Court / Manassas
Jim Willett is a judge from the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit (Prince William County) of Virginia. Prior to taking the bench he had extensive experience trying major cases as a prosecutor and in private practice. He is the recipient of the Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award and the Warren Von Schuch Award for Distinguished Prosecution, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His Martindale Hubbell rating is AV Preeminent.

Michael Eugene Hollingsworth, Jr., Nichols Zauzig / Woodbridge
Michael Hollingsworth is a lawyer with the firm Nichols Zauzig and focuses his practice on criminal defense. In his career he has litigated a variety of felony and misdemeanor cases in state and federal court, including capital murder, other homicide, and federal and state sex crimes. He was named as a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer by Northern Virginia magazine in just his fourth year of criminal practice. Mr. Hollingsworth is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Eastern District of Virginia and devotes as much time as he can to indigent defendants. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a regular contributor to its quarterly publication, The Virginia Champion. Mr. Hollingsworth is a graduate of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and earned his bachelor's degree in political science from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Prior to law school, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House, and the federal affairs division of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. 

D. Bradley Marshall, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office / Manassas
Bradley Marshall has been an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County for the last decade, where he specializes in prosecuting criminal street gang cases, violent crimes, firearms enforcement, mental health–related cases, and veterans docket cases.  He is President of the PWC Bar Foundation, Past-President of the PWC Bar Association, and the Chairman of the local Community Criminal Justice Board.  He also serves on the Virginia Pretrial Advisory Committee as well as the Virginia State Bar Bench-Bar Relations Committee and the VSB Professionalism Course Faculty.  Mr. Marshall received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University.  He has taught CLEs for the VSB Criminal Law Section, the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, Virginia CLE®, and several local bar associations. 

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