Since you are reading this, you or a loved one may be in serious trouble. Regardless of test results, refusals or record,


Here are the immediate steps I routinely take in DWI cases.

1) Contact a Judge immediately to set bail that can get an accused driver released from custody fast.

2) For most accused of a DWI in some counties, promptly get your driver's license and license plates reinstated without a reinstatement fee, ignition interlock, whiskey plates or other restrictions, while your case is pending.

3) Treating every case with the skill of 30-plus years in defending DWI cases. One of the many unsolicited thank-you notes from clients says: "You have made a really bad situation for me so much better by handling my case with such professionalism and care."

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2 - Will you bill me more if you have to do "extra" work; i.e., researching legal issues, writing legal memoranda, arguing motions, rejecting unacceptable offers from prosecutors and judges and making additional court appearances, or even trying the case in a jury trial.

My Response: No, my fee is the same whether the case is settled to your satisfaction or whether we have to fight through a trial for anything we can get. I’m available to give proper legal representation, even through a jury trial. I don’t stop working in the trial courts until my client tells me to stop. Appeals to Court of Appeals and Supreme Courts and later probation violations are not included in my fee. 

3 - Do you refer me to an independent alcohol assessment?

My Response: Yes, right away. At the end of your case (unless it is dismissed or you’re found Not Guilty on all charges), the judge is required by state law to send you into the probation department to determine if you have a drinking or drug problem. I send my clients into that meeting prepared. There are two good reasons to be prepared:

First, if you have a problem, find out right away and start addressing it. This will help to avoid a "surprise" in the probation office. Moreover, if you take the initiative it is less likely that you will end up in a program that you dislike. The program that you choose is more likely to be compatible with you rather than a program the court chooses for you. Finally, persons who successfully address their problems usually get better results in court than those who wait to be forced into the program of the court’s choice. One should not find it surprising that those who take responsibility for their actions by seeking treatment will benefit over those who are less responsible.

Second, if you do not believe that you have a problem, get assessed before going to court and arrive at court prepared with documentation of the absence of a problem. Generally, most first-time offenders and even many second-time offenders are not required to go to treatment. If the assessment finds a problem and you disagree with the assessment, you can call me back and tell me what a "bad assessment" it is and tell me to rip it up. I’ll probably have a little heart-to-heart talk with you first, but in the end I am ethically required not to disclose it. Now, compare that to going to court unprepared, getting assessed by the probation department and disagreeing with them, i.e., "Hey judge, who is this jerk you sent me to, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about - I don’t have a problem (or I’ll lose my job if I have to go to inpatient treatment . . .) - Judge just rip up that assessment." Good luck! So much for self-representation in a DWI case.


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