About DITA

DITA (an acronym for Defense Investigator Training Academy) was established by vote of the Board of Directors of the Defense Investigators Association in 1998. DITA provides certified training in criminal defense investigations. DITA classes address the skills and knowledge essential to provide competent investigation on behalf of the defense in criminal cases. The DITA committee members studied a wide variety of issues and topics to identify classes that they considered to be necessary training for criminal defense investigators.

The Certificate Program

 

The certificate program consists of four modules. Upon satisfactory completion of the four modules, the student earns the Certificate in Criminal Defense Investigations. Each module is presented in an intensive workshop setting. Students will spend four to five days in a classroom setting that includes thirty hours of required class participation. Students must attend all classes in order to get credit for the module. DITA modules may be taken in any order. Classes may not be audited. The DITA modules are as follows:

DITA I:

INTRODUCTION TO DEFENSE INVESTIGATIONS

-Evolution of Criminal Defense

-Interviewing Skills & Techniques

-Role of the Investigator

-Testifying Skills

-Case Organization

-Time Management

-Note Taking and Report Writing

DITA II:

CASE DEVELOPMENT AND PROCEDURES

-Criminal Procedure

-Admissibility of Evidence

-Investigating Police Misconduct

-Subpoenas, SDT’s & Subpoena Service

-Confessions & Admissions

-Locating Witnesses

-Using Jury Instruction in Your Investigation

-Search & Seizure

-Juvenile Dependency/Delinquency & Investigations

DITA III:

COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE INVESTIGATOR

-Ethics

-Cultural Awareness

-Mitigation Investigations

-Informants and Snitches

-Social Media Investigations

-Immigration Law

-Mental Health

-Investigator Safety

DITA IV:

INVESTIGATIVE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

-Crime Scene Investigations: Both Classroom and Practical Exercises

-Firearms and Ballistics

-Photography and Videography

-Forensic Toxicology and Pathology

-Forensic Cell Phones Investigations

 

 

DITA:

Education designed to protect the Constitutional rights of the people.

Defense Investigators Association

Address:
PO Box 124961 
San Diego, CA 92112

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