Retired Lieutenant Colonel, from the Illinois State Police, Ronald Janota, has over 28 years of progressive law enforcement experience. He has written, drafted and staffed policies for one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the country. His expertise is: excessive use of force, deadly force, high speed pursuits, raid planning and execution of search warrants, ethics, narcotic and covert investigations, informants, extensive background in internal investigations, 1983 civil action for deprivation of rights, and establishing and evaluating policies and procedures regarding critical events. Ronald Janota has been serving as an expert witness since 2001.
Areas of Expertise
- 1983 Litigation
- Crime Scene Analysis
- Criminal Law
- Deadly/Excessive Force
- Drug Abuse
- Drug Enforcement
- Law Enforcement
- Police Procedures
- Wrongful Death
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Received my Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of Central Missouri in Law Enforcement. Graduated from the Senior Management Institute of Police, Police Executive Forum, Harvard University. Trained as a Strategic Assessment and Planning Technical Assistance Provider-Department of Homeland Security, Office of Domestic Preparedness-Texas A&M University.
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Police Association, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, South Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, Illinois State Police Command Association, International Narcotics Association.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Ronald Janota has taught at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, Illinois State Police Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, Glenco, Georgia, and appearances throughout the United States regarding a block of instruction he wrote, designed and marketed entitled, "Risk Assessment".
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: Never
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Approximately 100 cases to date.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Proper police procedures, deadly force, excessive use of force, violations of the fourth amendment, 1983 civil action for deprivation of rights, unlawful restraint, high speed pursuits, raid planning, police ethics, internal investigations, narcotic enforcement, defining national police standards.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 70%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 30%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Approximately 15 to 20.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: September, 2017
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have been qualified both in State and Federal Court.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: Approximately 5 times
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 18 years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Expert Witness
Consulting for major police departments/conduct audits.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $200/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $200/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $3,000 a day, plus preparation, which is the standard hourly rate. All testimony, travel and expenses are all prepaid, seven business days in advance of the scheduled testimony.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $3,000 a day or a fraction of a day, plus preparation. All testimony, travel and expenses are all prepaid. Once the trial is scheduled and travel begins to the site of the trial, the $3,000 fee applies, all expenses and preparation fees apply.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Actual travel expenses, that is, the approximate cost of a hotel room, parking, airfare, rental car, fees. Driving to testify will be charged at the rate of $125 an hour, plus mileage, $.50 a mile.
Per Diem will be $100 a day for all days on travel.
Flying to testify will be charged at the rate of $150 an hour, door to door (until I reach the destination).
References upon request.