Handling a DUI Case in Georgia (2021 Edition)

Lisa Wells
Amanda Clark-Palmer
Matthew Myers
Willie Lamar Fields
Lisa Wells | Lisa Wells LLC
Amanda Clark-Palmer | Garland, Samuel, & Loeb, P.C.
Matthew Myers | 7 Arrow Forensics
Willie Lamar Fields | Fields Law Firm, PC

On-Demand: December 20, 2021

$245.00 4 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Session I - Client Interview: Information Gathering, Written Fee Agreement, DOL Hearing, and Ascertaining the Client’s Goal – Lisa Wells

Attorneys can expect insights as to interviewing the prospective DUI client. (This applies more broadly as well but is specifically tailored to DUI clients.) Attorneys will hear the different interviewing techniques, specific questions that are critical to DUI prospective clients and information gathering techniques that will help pave the way for the optimal attorney/client relationship throughout the entire course of representation. Attorneys will hear insights on how to structure a written fee agreement and how to quote a fee. Additionally, Ms. Wells will discuss how to discuss the administrative hearing for the driver’s license with the client and what to expect. Lastly, Lisa Wells will discuss ascertaining the client’s goals and setting expectations.

Key Topics

  • Interviewing the prospective DUI client
  • Counseling the prospective DUI Client
  • Setting expectations for the prospective client

Session II - The Basics of DUI Science: Foundation, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, When is Alcohol “In the System”?, and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests – Matthew Myers

This 60-minute presentation will provide a brief overview of selected issues in detection and testing of alcohol impaired drivers. Topics will include a summary of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests used by law enforcement officers, considerations in breath and blood alcohol tests, and an introduction to pharmacokinetics of alcohol and techniques used to extrapolate alcohol concentration or dose from available information.

Key Topics

  • Overview of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Considerations in Blood and Breath Alcohol Tests
  • Extrapolation of Alcohol Concentration and/or Dose

Session III - Court Process: Arraignment, Discovery, Pre-trial Conferences, and Motions to Suppress – Amanda Clark-Palmer

The presentation will be an overview of the court process from arraignment to motions practice. Attorneys can expect to learn what an arraignment is, how the discovery process typically works, sample motions to consider for DUI cases, and what may be covered at a pretrial conference. Armed with this information, attorneys will feel confident representing their clients at all stages of the court process.

Key Topics

  • An overview of the general court process from arraignment through sentencing
  • Motions that are typically pertinent in a DUI case
  • Recent case law development that is relevant to motions to suppress

Session IV - The DUI Trial: Common DUI defenses, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direction Examination, Working with Experts, Cross Examination, and Arguments – Lamar Fields

This webinar is an introductory session geared toward giving inexperienced attorneys an overview of Georgia DUI law and the steps necessary to become a successful DUI practitioner. You will learn the essentials of client intake and critical, time sensitive, first steps that are imperative in DUI cases. Case strategies such as whether to fight or negotiate will be discussed. What to ask for, when and how in discovery will be reviewed as well as commonly used motions and motion practice. Winning voir dire and trial strategies will also be included.

Key Topics

  • Overview of Georgia DUI Law
  • Essentials of client intake and first steps in DUI cases
  • What to ask for, when and how in discovery
  • Winning voir dire and trial strategies

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Date / Time: December 20, 2021

  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Pacific

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Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit.

On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Lisa Wells_Lisa Wells LLC_myLawCLELisa Wells | Lisa Wells LLC

Lisa’s experience as a criminal defense attorney began as a former Assistant District Attorney. Her prosecutorial experience gave her valuable insight before becoming a defense attorney. Her cases range from DUI’s to a full array of misdemeanors, felonies and limited federal crimes. Her office is in charming Marietta, in a quaint 100-year-old house that is inviting, comfortable and cozy for her employees and clients. Lisa is a graduate of Georgia State College of law and UNC-Chapel Hill.

She is recognized by clients and peers alike for her empathy, dedication, work ethic and results. She has been an invited guest on Law News Network and Court TV. Lisa is a board member on Sandy Springs Bar Association and is a member of the Georgia Assoc. of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Cobb County Bar Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Lisa realizes when a client hires her, her client’s future feels like it is in her hands. Whether it is their freedom, their reputation or their income, Lisa fights for what is right and for their future.

 

Amanda Clark-Palmer_myLawCLEAmanda Clark-Palmer | Garland, Samuel, & Loeb, P.C.

Amanda represents clients in both criminal and civil matters in state and federal court. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal defense, and she has experience defending all types of cases from DUI, to violent felonies, to white collar crime. She has appeared in federal courts in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, and Kentucky. She is admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

 

Matthew Myers_7 Arrow Forensics_myLawCLEMatthew Myers | 7 Arrow Forensics

Matt Myers is the president of 7 Arrow Forensics and a seasoned consultant, instructor, and expert witness on the effects of drugs (including alcohol) on human performance. In addition to years of field law enforcement experience evaluating intoxicated suspects, Matt holds a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science from University of Florida College of Pharmacy, where his studies concentrated on clinical toxicology and the science of drug intoxication.

Matt has instructed all of the NHTSA sobriety testing curricula and developed custom presentations for a wide variety of legal professionals – ranging from law students, toxicologists, and police officers to judges and staff attorneys from appellate and supreme courts. He has lectured widely at local, state, and international conferences on matters of drug and alcohol impairment. As a consultant, Matt has served dozens of criminal and civil attorneys litigating matters of drug impairment, DUI crashes, sobriety testing, dram shop liability, and other related issues. He assists with behavioral reconstruction, test interpretations, assessment of procedures, and review of evidentiary sufficiency in relation to industry standards.

 

Willie Lamar Fields_Fields Law Firm, PC_myLawCLEWillie Lamar Fields | Fields Law Firm, PC

Willie Lamar Fields is a graduate of the University of Georgia and John Marshall Law School. He is a member of all state and federal courts in Georgia and is a 41 year veteran of DUI defense. He has specialized in DUI defense for a number of years and has handled over 5000 cases during his career. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense as well as the Georgia and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a certified operator and maintenance technician of breath testing equipment used in Georgia and is also certified as an administrator of Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Agenda

Session I – Client Interview: Information Gathering, Written Fee Agreement, DOL Hearing, and Ascertaining the Client’s Goal | 12:00pm-1:00pm
I. Interviewing the prospective DUI client | 12:00pm-12:20pm
II. Counseling the prospective DUI Client | 12:20pm-12:40pm
III. Setting expectations for the prospective client | 12:40pm-1:00pm

Break | 1:00pm-1:10pm

Session II – The Basics of DUI Science: Foundation, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, When is Alcohol “In the System”?, and “Standardized” Field Sobriety Tests | 1:10pm-2:10pm
I. Overview of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing | 1:10pm-1:30pm
II. Considerations in Blood and Breath Alcohol Tests | 1:30pm-1:50pm
III. Extrapolation of Alcohol Concentration and/or Dose | 1:50pm-2:10pm

Break | 2:10pm-2:20pm

Session III – Court Process: Arraignment, Discovery, Pre-trial Conferences, and Motions to Suppress | 2:20pm-3:20pm
I. An overview of the general court process from arraignment through sentencing | 2:20pm-2:40pm
II. Motions that are typically pertinent in a DUI case | 2:40pm-3:00pm
III. Recent case law development that is relevant to motions to suppress | 3:00pm-3:20pm

Break | 3:20pm-3:30pm

Session IV – The DUI Trial: Common DUI defenses, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direction Examination, Working with Experts, Cross Examination, and Arguments | 3:30pm-4:30pm
I. Overview of Georgia DUI Law | 3:30pm-3:45pm
II. Essentials of client intake and first steps in DUI cases | 3:45pm-4:00pm
III. What to ask for, when and how in discovery | 4:00pm-4:15pm
IV. Winning voir dire and trial strategies | 4:15pm-4:30pm