Search Warrants, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony by Pavletic-Freeport

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, September 18, 2023
Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 12, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL
Instructor: Jeff Pavletic

Members' Fee: $0
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $0
Non-Members' Fee: $0

This Course has been approved by ILETSB to meet the following mandates:

Civil Rights 4 Hours

Legal Updates 2 Hours

Use of Force 2 Hours

Lead Homicide Investigator 8 Hours



 This multi-disciplinary training course for law enforcement officers will cover specific detailed writing

for search warrants from drafting affidavits to testifying a suppression hearing. This course will also

cover the do's and don'ts of writing police reports to avoid problems in court. Finally, this course will

teach officers how to properly prepare for court and present physical and testimonial evidence at trial.


Topics to be discussed:

SEARH WARRANTS: ➢ Drafting Affidavit ➢ Informant Affidavit's ➢ Hearsay ➢ John Doe Warrants➢ Descriptions of places-persons-items to be searched ➢ Probable Cause ➢ Anticipatory Search Warrants Mandates: Civil Rights, Constitutional Use of Law Enforcement Authority & Legal Updates ➢Misrepresentation of Facts ➢ Omissions ➢ Discovery ➢ Judicial Approval ➢ Telephone corrections ➢Execution ➢ Timelines ➢ Knock & Announce/No Knock Warrants ➢ Warrant Executed at Wrong Address ➢ Inventory & Return

REPORT WRITING: ➢ Supreme Court Rule 412 - Disclosure ➢ Supreme Court Rule 415 - Duty to Disclose ➢ Officer Personnel Files ➢ Dangers of Poor Report Writing ➢ Keys to Well-Written Report➢ Report Checklist

COURTROOM TESTIMONY: ➢ The New Orleans Story ➢ Attorneys Rules and Ethics ➢Understanding Defense Attorneys ➢ How to Prepare for Your Testimony ➢ How to Testify at Trial ➢Cross Examination ➢ What Not To Do


Instructor: Jeffrey J. Pavletic is an award-winning trial attorney who has built a reputation of integrity and exceptional skill in the courtroom. As a prosecutor for the past two decades, he has tried countless cases to victory (including approximately 150 jury trials with a concentration in homicide and violent crime). In addition to trying some of the highest profile and complex cases that have occurred in the history of Northern Illinois, Jeff was Chief of the Felony Review Division, and is currently the First Assistant State’s Attorney for the Lake County (Illinois) State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jeff served as Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the impeachment of President Clinton. His duties included all aspects of independent counsel review, the impeachment inquiry, presentation of articles of impeachment to the U.S. House of Representatives, all witness interviews and

depositions of trial witnesses, and the actual impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate. Jeff has received numerous federal, state, and local awards. These include Illinois State Crime Commission’s State’s Attorney of the Year, Felony Trial Attorney of the Year, The Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award, The Ruth Rosengarden Victim Service Provider Award, and a special U.S. House of Representatives Award presented by Congressman Henry Hyde. Jeff has been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Court TV, and the Discovery Channel. Jeff is a published author and a well-respected legal instructor who holds undergraduate and graduate faculty positions and has received accolades as a nationally renowned lecturer, training thousands of police officers, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.