Charles Denton has been an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender for more than 28 years. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. Mr. Denton has litigated thousands of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case — from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and one of the state’s leading experts on criminal law and procedure. He is the co-author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions (Knowles Publishing) and one of the original authors of California Continuing Education of the Bar’s Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice and California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. His articles, practice guides and case law reviews have also been highly acclaimed and widely published. He is on the Board of Governors for the California Public Defender’s Association. This is Mr. Denton’s 14th year teaching at Boalt Hall.