Self - Advocacy Workbook


Chapter 1
Advocacy, Preparations & Strategies

1-1 Introduction
1-2 Police Contact
1-3 Arrest
1-4 Arraignment
1-5 PreTrial    
1-6 Trial


Chapter 2

2-1 Aiding & Abetting
2-2 Conspiracy
2-3 Delivery of Controlled Substance





ANSWERS TO CHAPTER ONE                  


1.   The police officer should provide a trained lawyer.

2. a. No.

b.   In the criminal justice arena, communication occurs in a legal context and requires legal expertise in addition to the ability to communicate with the person.


  • Do not put the person on the phone with the police.

  • Do not take the person down to the police station.

  • Do not bring the person to the door to talk to the police officer.

4.  Simply and immediately refer the officer to your or the person's lawyer.


  • A person with a cognitive/communication disability may feel so overwhelmed that he/she is tempted to plead guilty just to get things over with; or

  • The person may be vulnerable to a prosecutor or police officer encouraging a plea; or

  • The person may be asked to sign an acknowledgment of rights and may not read and write or may not be able to understand any of the rights listed.


Written by: Melissa King, Attorney-at-Law,  King Law Offices; Karen Wolf-Branigin, Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute; Rachel Pinsky Law Graduate, Wayne State University; Robert Lasker, Belinda Land, Vendalia Collins, Cheryle Trommater, Marsha Katz,
The project staff extend our sincere appreciation to the over 50 people who generously donated their time, support and expertise to the Equal Justice initiative.  Though we cannot thank everyone individually, we particularly acknowledge the following groups and individuals.
The Curriculum Design Board who identified competencies, reviewed materials and curriculum drafts: Jeanice Dagher-Margosian, Michelle James-Mann, Florence Kozak, Gary Margosian, Mark Ptaszek, Penny Ryder, Donna Sabourin, Jim Soden, Bob Stein, Ted Wybrecht
The field test participants and field site coordinators who attended the training in the very earliest stages: Sarah Irvine. People First of Oakland Count

First Edition Spring 1998 --
Equal Justice is a collaborative partnership between Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and Wayne State University Developmental Disabilities Institute.  This material was developed and disseminated with funding from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Grant 96620