Colorado Animal Welfare Conference Session

Preparing for Trial: Overcoming the Presumption of Innocence


3:30pm – 5:00pm • Day 2 – September 16, 2021

9Th Floor

Field Services

Trial preparation is among the most critical stages of an animal cruelty case. The most thorough investigation may fall apart in court without adequate planning. This session will discuss how to overcome the presumption of innocence by organizing a case to prove the elements beyond a reasonable doubt. It will include how charging decisions are made; considerations during jury selection; using demonstrative evidence to better explain your case; dealing with weaknesses in the case; and anticipating the defense.

Robyn Levy

Diane Balkin

Diane Balkin received her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. She was a trial attorney for the Denver District Attorney for 32 years. She prosecuted all types of crimes including all crimes against animals. Balkin trains and consults on a local and national level on the investigation, prosecution, and fair resolution of animal cruelty cases.