A practical guide to criminal defense


Representing the Accused is your step by step guide to criminal defense. 

"If you are a law student in a criminal law clinic, a lawyer beginning to practice criminal law either privately or with an institutional defender or a general practitioner who gets into criminal law cases from time to time, this is a book that belongs in your   library."  

- Dick Barbuto, Past President, NYSACDL, in the Spring 2014 volume of Atticus 

about the book


About the Book

 Whether you are a law school clinic student making your first foray into criminal defense, a newly admitted attorney, a general practitioner, or an attorney whose practice is concentrated in criminal defense, Representing the Accused will provide you with invaluable advice as you navigate your way through a criminal case.  This book provides insight and guidance on how to efficiently and effectively manage each step in the handling of a criminal case.  In order to help you provide quality representation to your clients, Ms. Paperno offers clear explanations of a criminal attorney's role at every stage, from the arrest through the conclusion of the case.  Detailed suggestions on such topics as file organization, client interviews, hearing preparation and plea negotiations will make Representing the Accused your go-to reference.   

  • ISBN-10: 03 


 "Representing the Accused" was favorably reviewed in the New York State Defenders Association  August-October 2012 Public Defense Backup Center Report;  the Rochester, New York Daily Record on May 13, 2013, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Publication Atticus in the Spring 2014, Volume 26, No. 1.  

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 Ms. Paperno blogs at, a blog created and run by the attorneys at Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin LLP.