During this hour-long telecast, learn about the legal foundation behind consensual encounters, increase your understanding of the Fourth Amendment relating to search and seizure, and see how to make your case hold up in court.

Using scenarios, viewers will also learn the right ways to conduct consensual encounters. Instructors will discuss how to determine reasonable suspicion and probable cause based solely on behavior, plan a consensual encounter, and prepare for testimony in court and the court’s review of the encounter.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn when to use a consensual encounter
  • See the right ways to conduct a consensual encounter
  • Discuss how to document and protect your case
  • Find out how body language can both help and hurt you

Originally Aired: July 13, 2006


Gary Aschenbach

Law Tech Consulting, Baltimore, MD

Gary Aschenbach is the owner/operator of LawTech Consulting, a consulting business focusing both on interview and interrogation and statement analysis techniques. He was the supervisor of the Drug and Criminal Education Section of the Maryland State Police, having spent eight years as a covert drug enforcement operative and another eight years as a supervisor of various drug units. Aschenbach earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and is a certified instructor of the Maryland Police Training Commission.

David Broadway

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)

David Broadway is currently employed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He has been in law enforcement since 1978, including 11 years working with a local police agency serving in the patrol and detective divisions. Broadway has served as the statewide coordinator for Florida’s Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program since 1993, and has authored investigative manuals on the Investigation of Cannabis Indoor Grows and the Aerial Detection of Cannabis Grow Sites. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and provides expert testimony in state and federal courts. He holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.

Nicholas Mooney

Attorney, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Tampa, FL

Mooney is currently in private practice as a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. From 1985-1997, Mooney served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. From 1997-1999, he served as Assistant Statewide Prosecutor – Attorney General of Florida, and from 1999 to the present, as a partner in the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. Mooney holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Tampa and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.