Session I - Client Interview: Information Gathering, Written Fee Agreement, DOL Hearing, and Ascertaining the Client’s Goal and Ethics – Joseph Hoelscher
Attorneys will learn about the ethics of client communication, including the legal and ethical best practices for Texas fee agreements. Key elements of the attorney-client relationship, such as setting expectations, reasonable communication, common causes of deteriorating client relationships, will be covered in detail from intake through termination of the attorney-client relationship. Over a dozen forms included. State Bar and other ethics resources will be provided.
- Ethics of client communication
- Key elements of the attorney-client relationship
- State bar and other ethics
Session II - The Basics of DWI Science: Foundation, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, When is Alcohol “In the System”? and “Standardized” Field Sobriety Tests – John Eastland
Attorneys can expect to learn fundamentals of alcohol, breath, and blood testing and the SFSTS. They will learn about fundamentals for alcohol absorption, distribution, metabolization and elimination, pros and cons of retrograde extrapolation. Breath testing instrument theory, function, and process of execution will be included as well as blood testing from puncture to analysis report. John will go over select trial applications and tactics for attorneys.
- Fundamentals of alcohol, breath and blood testing and the SFSTs
- Fundamentals for alcohol absorption, distribution, metabolization and elimination
- Retrograde Extrapolation pros and cons
- Tolerance pros and cons
- Breath testing instrument theory, function and process of execution
- Blood testing from puncture to analysis report
- Select trial applications and tactics for attorneys
Session III - Court Process and the DWI Trial – Christopher McKinney
Attorneys can expect to learn about all the critical stages of the criminal trial process for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases in Texas—from the client’s initial appearance in court to the day they hear those two beautiful words—Not Guilty. This presentation will prepare a lawyer to identify common issues in DUI/DWI cases and exploit the prosecution’s evidence by weaving a consistent and compelling narrative throughout all phases of trial.
- Overview of Texas DUI/DWI crimes and court processes and how certain charges or situations affect a client’s experience in a criminal trial
- Fourth Amendment principles in DUI/DWI traffic stops, interrogations, and forensic testing
- How to effectively use common DUI/DWI defenses
- Telling your client’s story and getting the jury on your side, from start to finish
This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.
Date / Time: December 21, 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
Choose a format:
• 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.