Legal Tips for Police Officers-Freeport

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Friday, October 06, 2017
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL
Instructor: Judge Daniel Shanes
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $0

This Class has been Canceled


This course will provide legal guidance on many topics, so that evidence police officers obtain will be admissible at trial and the officers will be able to avoid civil liability for themselves and their agencies.  This course will discuss, review and analyze recent criminal case law as it applies to police officers.  Judge Shanes will engage the officers in real-life scenarios, applying the legal principles with them in a manner that they should then take back and use during their law enforcement duties.

Topics will include:

  • Avoiding the need to give a suspect “Miranda” warning
  • Using the “knock and talk” doctrine to question people
  • The latest developments regarding vehicle searches
  • Benefits for officers and agencies from obtaining search warrants
  • How a consensual encounter differs from a person being stopped by police
  • Relying upon an anonymous 911 caller to conduct a vehicle stop
  • New developments in the law regarding consent searches
  • Searches incident to arrest and U.S. Supreme Court decision on cell phones
  • How to interview witnesses so their statements will be admissible at trial if they later change their story


The Instructor:

Daniel B. Shanes is a Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, and is the Presiding Judge of the felony division.

First selected as an Associate Judge, Judge Shanes was subsequently elected and now serves as a Circuit Judge. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Shanes served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County for nearly 12 years. During that time, he served in every criminal division in the State’s Attorney’s office, rising to chief of the felony narcotics division and chief of the felony review division, and was among the first in Illinois licensed to serve as lead counsel in the capital litigation trial bar. Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s office, he served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Robert J. Steigmann of the Illinois Appellate Court.

By appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, Judge Shanes is a member of the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees, and regularly serves as faculty for judicial education for judges and lawyers in Illinois. Judge Shanes is also a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College, providing judicial education to judges across the United States. Separately, Judge Shanes also serves by appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court on its Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases. He is a recognized legal scholar and author of dozens of articles, several of which have been cited by the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court, and legal treatises.

Judge Shanes has received numerous awards and recognitions in our community for his work on behalf of the criminal justice system and victims of crime. He is active in the community in many ways, including serving on the Board of Directors of a local homeless shelter and transitional living facility for women and children. Judge Shanes has also served on the Board of Directors of both the Illinois Judges Association and Lake County Bar Association.

Judge Shanes received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he served on the DePaul Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Iowa.