In this we will continue to discuss choosing the right lawyer to handle your DWI case.
Some Questions to Ask:
•How much of your practice is devoted to defending people who have been accused of a
•drinking & driving offense?
•How many DUI cases have you taken to a jury trial in the past 12 months?
•What were the results?
•Can I contact some of your former clients?
These questions are crucial questions and will tell you the attorney’s true experience. In truth, it has been my experience that prosecutors typically LOVE trying cases. You should leave the attorney’s office confident that you have spoken to someone who has real expertise and experience in DUI law. The area of DUI defense is too complex to be trusted to someone who “dabbles in DUI defense.” If they are afraid or refuse to give you client referrals you should question if this is the right attorney for you. I have represented clients in two states for over TWENTY years. DUI defense and Summary Suspension issues comprise 90% of my practice. In addition to this, I am frequently asked to speak at continuing education classes for both lawyers and judges. Lastly, while in Illinois and Missouri, attorneys are prohibited from claiming they are an expert in a given field of law, I actually did write the book used by attorneys and Judges in Missouri when handling DWI cases.
What defenses/challenges do you see in my case?
Any attorney who has been doing a DUI practice should be able to explain to you what they believe will be the challenges and shortcomings of your case. (Please contact my office for myFREE REPORTS: Fifteen Ways to Beat a Missouri DWI and 40 Ways to Beat a DWI). Some of these include the following:
FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICER ARE NOT RELIABLE EVIDENCE OF INTOXICATION
LEGALITY OF THE STOP
BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
FAILURE TO PROVIDE SPEEDY TRIAL
POLICE BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
HOSPITAL BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
FAILURE TO GET A WARRANT TO DRAW/TEST BLOOD
FAILURE TO PROVE DRIVING
Do you have any formal training in:
•Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's)
•Do you have any formal training in the administration Breath Machines, Portable
•Breath Testing Devices, Blood Testing
Education has always been important to me. My experience has been that most people don’t stand a fighting chance because they don’t know the difference between good representation and bad. They honestly don’t have a chance against the system – ordinary people have no idea how stacked the system is against them. I think that’s why I fight so hard.
Since building my firm, I have represented thousands of clients in every stage of the criminal process. When someone is accused of DUI, it’s not only your life but the lives and wellbeing of those you love. Everyone is affected. Any attorney who has been doing a DUI practice and takes their job seriously needs to be as trained as possible. That officer, that lab technician, or that breath machine operator will all be seen as EXPERTS. You owe it to your client if you are going to take their money to level the playing field; to be the OTHER expert in the room to keep the ‘experts honest. I am a certified instructor in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Additionally, I am trained on all the breath-testing machines used in both Missouri and Illinois in DWI detection and testing.