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Webinar: Head Trauma, Comprehension and Intoxication: What To Look For In Every Case

Start Date: 2/27/2023 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/27/2023 3:00 PM EST

Organization Name: NAPD

Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

Head Trauma, Comprehension and Intoxication: What To Look For In Every Case

February 27, 2023 at 1:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 pm Central | 11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific (2 hours)

Webinar Faculty: Erin Gollogly, Tara Godoy

About the Webinar: 

This presentation will cover the different types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that result from trauma to the brain to build a foundation of how trauma affects the brain, and then will dive into the application in criminal cases. Discussion will include aggressive behavior, alcohol intoxication and consent capacity after TBI. Criminal attorneys and investigators for both the prosecution and defense will benefit from understanding the affect that head trauma has on defendants and/or victims in criminal cases.

Head Trauma/TBI 

  • Definition
  • Indications 
  • Signs & Symptoms 
  • Primary and Secondary Injury
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Classification


  • Description
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Post-Concussive Syndrome
  • Second Impact Syndrome

Types of Bleeds

  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral Hematoma
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Description
  • Signs & Symptoms
TBI In Your Case
  • Aggression
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Consent Capacity
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:


1) Be familiar with Traumatic Brain Injury
2) Be familiar with the types of intracranial hemorrhages associated with TBI
3) Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of head trauma and compare them to alcohol intoxication.
4) Be familiar with the different ways of classifying brain injury severity.

About the Faculty: 

Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN

Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and has been working with Criminal and Civil Attorneys for over 10 years. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Southern California and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through consulting and testimony she has assisted both the prosecution and the defense in obtaining an honest and fair resolution in hundreds of criminal cases. Along with her nursing staff and physician contractors, Godoy Medical Forensics has consulted on over 1500 cases nationwide and has worked at both the federal and state levels. Tara has been asked to present for national organizations such as the NACDL and the NDIA at their Forensics conferences in Las Vegas. Tara’s main areas of expertise are Strangulation and Blunt Force Trauma, but testimony is also offered on other cases where traumatic injuries occur or medical record analysis is needed. Tara can be reached at Tara@GodoyMedical.net.

NAPD doesn't apply for CLE or track attendance to provide certifications for our live webinars, conferences and online courses. This helps us keep the price as low as possible and avoids the disruption of the flow of the training required by many states to verify attendance.

We are able to provide CLE for dozens of recorded sessions from previous training for NAPD members in most states.   These sessions are only $10 per credit hour.   For more details, log in with your NAPD credentials at this link.     

By registering for this training, I am affirming that today I am neither a prosecutor, nor attending this training  with the purpose of aiding the prosecution of any criminally accused.   I further affirm that I  am dedicated to the ideals of the criminal defense practitioner, and am committed to the causes of effective and zealous defense of those charged with crimes, the protection and assertion of constitutional rights afforded the criminally accused, and the recognition and preservation of human dignity of those charged with crimes.  I further affirm that my use of the information provided by this training  will not be used by me in any manner which would impugn the above set out ideals.               

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 2/27/2023 1:15 PM

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