National Traffic Law Center Trainings

Upcoming Trainings

2020 Commercial Driver’s License Violations Conference: Enforcement, Prosecution & Reporting

Prosecuting DUI Cases

The NTLC has been instrumental in the creation of a number of training courses for prosecutors and law enforcement officers and is available to assist in the presentation of those courses and materials listed below.

In addition, the staff of the NTLC are regularly asked to teach prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges, and other allied traffic safety professionals at national, regional, state and local training conferences around the country. NTLC staff members may be available to provide a training program for your jurisdiction customized to meet your needs.

Browse a partial listing of other trainings and presentations available from the NTLC staff

Protecting Lives/Saving Futures

This model curriculum is designed to jointly train police and prosecutors in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of alcohol and drug impaired drivers. This training is unique in two ways:  (1) Experts in the fields of toxicology, optometry, prosecution and law enforcement designed and developed the curriculum; (2) Law enforcement officers and prosecutors are trained together by the experts in their respective disciplines.

The joint-training approach allows all the involved disciplines to learn from each other firsthand the challenges and difficulties the others face in impaired driving cases. This allows for greater understanding on the part of police officers as to what evidence prosecutors must have in an impaired driving case. Conversely, this training gives prosecutors the opportunity to learn to ask better questions in pretrial preparation, as well as in the courtroom. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Prosecuting the Impaired Driver: DUI/DWI Cases

This course is designed to create a team building approach between prosecutors and law enforcement officers to aid in the detection, apprehension, and prosecution of impaired drivers.  Prosecutors and law enforcement officers participate in interactive training classes taught by a multidisciplinary faculty focusing on building skills in trying an alcohol related impaired driving case.  Included in the curriculum is the role of the prosecutor in both alcohol-impaired driving cases and community safety and covers standardized field sobriety tests, the pharmacology of alcohol and chemical testing. Throughout every stage of the course, participants receive direct feedback on their courtroom skills with assistance in how to compose more persuasive arguments and deliver more dynamic presentations. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Prosecuting the Drugged Driver

Prosecutors and law enforcement officers participate in interactive training classes taught by a multidisciplinary faculty.  The course begins with an overview of the drug-impaired driving problem in the United States and the substantive areas of training that police officers receive to be certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).  Learning about drug categories, signs and symptoms of drug influence, the role of the DRE in establishing impairment, and the role of toxicology in these cases will assist the prosecutor in developing methods for effectively and persuasively presenting this information in court.  The course also addresses how to qualify the DRE as an expert witness in court and how to respond to common defense challenges. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Lethal Weapon:  DUI Homicide

Vehicular fatality cases are complex, requiring prosecutors to have a working knowledge of crash reconstruction and toxicology, as well as skills to work with expert witnesses and victims.  The Lethal Weapon course is focused on assisting prosecutors to develop their knowledge and skills in trying these cases.  A substantial portion of this course involves presentations on crash reconstruction, technical investigation at the scene, and toxicology.  The course also provides an advanced trial advocacy component in which participants receive a case file and participate in mock trial sessions where each of them conducts every stage of the trial.  For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Cops in Court

Designed for law enforcement officers with a wide variety of trial testimony experience, this course includes discussion and instruction on all aspects of investigation, trial preparation, and courtroom testimony in an impaired driving case.  Segments of this training include:

  • Understanding the Importance of Courtroom Testimony
  • Report Writing
  • Courtroom Preparation
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross-Examination
  • Mock Trial

For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Hardcore Drunk Driving

This course is designed to address cases involving “Hardcore Drunk Drivers”, meaning those who persistently violate drunk-driving laws. Because of the unique nature of these defendants, this course will share a systematic approach for identifying, prosecuting, sentencing, supervising, and ultimately treating hardcore drunk driving (HCDD). This course discusses ignition interlocks, preventing re-offending, and more. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Prosecutor and Toxicologist Guide

The goal of this course is to enable prosecutors and toxicologists to prepare together to effectively communicate and introduce toxicology evidence in impaired driving cases. Attendees will learn about the lifecycle of a toxicology sample, working through professional barriers, courtroom preparation, common defenses, and more. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Prosecutor Train the Trainer

This course is designed to help attendees learn how to train others. Reviewing effectiveness strategies, facilitation skills, questioning skills, common problems, training aids, and more, prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel will learn how to “train the trainer”. For technical assistance or other questions, please visit https://ndaa.org/resources/technical-assistance-request/.

Legal Sciences

The Science of Collisions (Prof. John Kwasnoski)

The Online On-demand Digital Library is a subscription-based resource that includes presentations from the Lethal Weapon course presented by distinguished Professor John Kwasnoski. The material explains collision investigation and reconstruction in easy to understand “plain speak,” and is a valuable resource for understanding scientific terms and theories, highly-technical collision reconstruction reports, and preparing for the vehicular homicide or serious personal injury trial. It is also beneficial for other cases in which the instrumentality of the crime is a vehicle. The subscription allows for unlimited viewing on the subscriber’s computer or mobile device. It also includes a Document Section containing predicate questions and numerous technical publications that facilitate cross examination of a defense expert. Visit www.legalsciences.com and use the Access Code: NDAA

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