As Mr. Steele’s lawyer, explain the advice you will give him both pre-arrest and post-arrest, law Case Study help

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You have just been hired as a lawyer at a small criminal defense firm. On your first day, Louis Steele enters the office and asks to speak to an attorney. All of the other lawyers are at lunch so you speak to Mr. Steele. Mr. Steele states that he is worried about being arrested for an armed robbery of a gas station that occurred the night before. Mr. Steele explains the following to you after you assure him that anything he tells you will be protected under the attorney-client privilege.

Mr. Steele states that he has been out of work and owes money for gambling debts; that he was desperate for money and robbed a gas station last night located a couple of blocks from his house. Mr. Steele states that he used a BB gun but admits that it looks like a real gun. Mr. Steele took a total of $130.00 during the robbery. Mr. Steele states that he was not wearing a mask and that the attendant got a good look at his face. This morning, Mr. Steele heard that officers had stopped by his apartment looking for him. Mr. Steele tells you that the only person at the apartment this morning was his 13-year-old nephew. Mr. Steele did not know whether the 13-year-old let the police in or if the police forced themselves in, but states that the police found the BB gun he used under Mr. Steele’s bed. Mr. Steele wants to know what is going to happen to him should he be arrested — from arrest to sentencing. Mr. Steele has no experience with the criminal justice system and has never been arrested before.

Please prepare a PowerPoint presentation as follows:

  • Include a minimum of ten (10) slides (excluding cover and reference slide).
  • As Mr. Steele’s lawyer, explain the advice you will give him both pre-arrest and post-arrest.
  • Identify all major steps you will take to prepare a defense for Mr. Steele , including investigation of evidence and witnesses, should Mr. Steele be arrested for a felony such as armed robbery.
  • Explain to Mr. Steele the pre-trial process and any motions you would file on his behalf (including your reasoning for filing these motions).
  • Describe to Mr. Steele his trial options.
  • If this case goes to trial, discuss with Mr. Steele the possible sentence he could face based upon a review of your own state’s criminal laws.
  • Define key legal terms to Mr. Steele so he has an understanding of the legal principles involved.
  • Cite all legal authority used in giving advice to Mr. Steele .

Note: This Assignment will require outside research. Use at least two credible sources beyond the text material, and discuss how you evaluated the credibility of the resources used. You may consult the Kaplan Online Library, the internet, the textbook, course material, and any other outside resources in supporting your task. Use proper citations in APA style.

*Do Not add facts just follow the facts that are in the case study*

Tutor Answer

School: Duke University


Criminal Law
Institution Affiliation

Advice on Pre-Arrest
 To start with, it is very important for the Mr. Steele

to remain silent.
 This means that they should not talk to any person
about the issue.
 This is important as it makes sure that the different
people that are involved do not get the information.
 Before arrest, the issue should remain fully between
the lawyer and the client.

Advice on Post-Arrest
 When arrested, the first and most important thing is

to remain silent on the issue.
 Mr. Steele should not talk with the authorities
without the presence of a lawyer.
 This is in an effort to make sure that they are able to
get advice on the information they should give.
 It is also important to make sure that the
information given to the police is filtered.

Steps in Preparations of Defense
 In an effort to prepare for the defense, the first step

would be to check the statement of claim.
 This would be followed by reading the different
details of the claim.
 I can then get a defense form, fill it and file the form
after signing it.
 The different dates of doing this must be noted to
make sure that no filling is later.

 I would also talk to several people about the case

before the court process.
 The first would be the nice in an effort to find out
details of how police accessed the house.
 If the used forceful entry then it is a basis for defense
as the evidence would not have been gained in an
appropriate manner.
 I would also talk to the owner of the gas station to
know the details they have about the thief.

Pre-Trial Process
 The pretrial process starts with the arrest which will

be done if the police have possible cause of suspic...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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