October 16-20
San Diego, CA

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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:

Core Pillars of Defense Investigations

  • Evolution of Criminal Defense
  • Role of the Investigator
  • Interviewing Skills & Techniques
  • Note Taking and Report Writing
  • Testifying Skills
  • Reciprocal Discovery
  • Case Organization
  • Time Management
  • Mock experience
April 8-12, 2024

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 Investigations
  • Search & Seizure
  • Juvenile Dependency/Delinquency & Investigations
Planned for 2024

Communication for the Investigator

  • Ethics
  • Mitigation Investigations
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Informants and Snitches
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Immigration Law
  • Mental Health
  • Investigator Safety
Planned for 2025

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
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Check ou the list of DITA graduates who have earned their Certificate in Criminal Defense Investigations


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