Handling First Louisiana DUI Case (2021 Edition)

Gavin Richard
John S. Williams
Kris Perret
Craig Mordock
Gavin Richard | The Law Office of Gavin Richard, LLC
John S. Williams | Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC
Kris Perret | The Law Offices of Ossie Brown
Craig Mordock | Mordock Legal

Live Video-Broadcast: December 3, 2021

Handling First Louisiana DUI Case (2021 Edition)
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Program Summary

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

Attorneys will be set to learn about the process of client intake prior to accepting a DUI case. We will discuss and go over certain topics concerning the client interview, making sure you don’t get crossed up, and how to conduct an interview.

Key Topics

  • Explaining the legal process of the charges with the client
  • Getting as much information from the client
  • Expecting the unexpected
  • Written Fee Agreement
  • What is the client’s ultimate goal?

Session II - The Basics of DUI Science: Foundation, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, When is Alcohol “In the System”?, and “Standardized” Field Sobriety Tests – John S. Williams
Attorneys can expect to walk away from the presentation with general understand of science behind how a person’s breath and blood alcohol level are measurable and what those measurements mean. Specifically, the scientific mechanisms supporting the use of breath and blood test and why these mechanisms are not infallible. How these tests measure the amount of alcohol a person ingested in a specific time period and why these measurements are not full proof. Finally, step by step discussion of what the standardized field sobriety test is testing for and what is bad and good about this test.

Key Topics

  • Measurements of blood alcohol levels
  • Science basics regarding intoxication
  • Blood and Breath Testing
  • Standard field sobriety testing and how it is done and done wrong

Session III - Court Process: Arraignment, Discovery, Pre-trial Conferences, and Motions to Suppress – Kris Perret
This session will cover: arraignment – should you waive your client’s appearance and how to do so; discovery – when to request discovery, what to ask for, obtaining the dash cam and body cam video and what to look for once you received discovery; Plea Bargains and Alternative Resolutions – strategies for obtaining the best plea deal and sentence for you client, and pitfalls to avoid, alternative resolutions for DUI cases, including pre-trial diversion and sobriety court; finally, the session will also cover motions – filing effective motion, including Motions to Quash and Motions to Suppress.

Key topics

  • Discovery
  • Plea Negotiations and Alternative Resolutions
  • Sentencing and Pitfalls to avoid
  • Motion Practice

Session IV - The DUI Trial: Common DUI defenses, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direction Examination, Working with Experts, Cross Examination, and Arguments – Craig Mordock
DWI Cases present an interesting challenge to even experienced trial attorneys. They are not standard criminal cases and involve questions of perception, medicine, chemistry. This hour will cover such topics as the DWI Trial Notebook, opening statement and whether to waive, cross examining the police officer, use of body cameras, presenting your own case and making a persuasive closing argument.

Key Topics

  • Trial Notebook
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening Statement
  • Cross Examination
  • Should you put on a case?
  • Closing Argument

Date / Time: December 3, 2021

  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern
  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Central
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Mountain
  • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Gavin Richard_The Law Office of Gavin Richard, LLC_myLawCLEGavin Richard | The Law Office of Gavin Richard, LLC

Gavin Richard is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA. Due to Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Richard moved to Baton Rouge, LA with his family for over ten years, where he received his B.A. at Southern University & A&M College in 2008. In May of 2014, he received his Juris Doctorate at Southern University Law Center and began practicing law after being sworn in the Louisiana State Bar in October that same year. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching Family and Criminal Law at his alma matter of SULC and has a general practice in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

http://www.gmrichardlawoffice.com/
gavin@gmrichardlawoffice.com

John S. Williams_Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC_myLawCLEJohn S. Williams | Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC
John S. Williams is the founding member of the Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC. Attorney Williams has fought for the rights of citizens across several states throughout his career. Attorney Williams defended the rights of consumers against fraud as an Assistant Attorney General in Arkansas. As an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, Attorney Williams educated and fought for clients that fell victim to scams and business fraud. Attorney Williams went on to become Legal Director of the Mississippi Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In this position, Attorney Williams educated citizens and litigated lawsuits to protect his client’s civil liberties all over the State of Mississippi. These included voter rights cases, free speech cases, prisoner rights case, and many other types of constitutionally driven litigation.

Attorney Williams then went on to defend the rights of young people as an attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. Attorney Williams filed class action lawsuits on behalf of young people confined to youth jails as well as represented youth in delinquency proceedings in court. Attorney Williams has focused on systemic impact litigation and high-profile civil rights matters and maintains a strong commitment to fight in court to protect the constitutional rights of his clients. Throughout his career John has represented people accused of crime ranging from Driving While Intoxicated to Attempted Murder. He is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Since 2005, Attorney Williams has litigated complex civil and criminal cases in these three states and others.

Kris Perret_The Law Offices of Ossie Brown_myLawCLEKris Perret | The Law Offices of Ossie Brown

Kris Perret began practicing law in 2000 and joined The Law Offices of Ossie Brown in September of 2005. His practice focuses on personal injury, trial litigation and criminal defense. He primarily handles car accidents, slip and fall injuries and DWI’s and drug offenses. Mr. Perret has helped hundreds of people injured through no fault of their own protect their legal rights and recover millions of dollars in damages. Mr. Perret has also defended hundreds of people in criminal matters in both city and state courts. Mr. Perret is an active member of the Louisiana and Baton Rouge Bar Associations. He has served on several leadership committees and has lectured in the areas of DWI defense and trial litigation. Mr. Perret has called Baton Rouge home since 1993, when he returned from Washington, D.C., to attend LSU and play football for the LSU Tigers. Mr. Perret was a special teams captain, a two-time letterman, earned All-SEC Academic Honors. Mr. Perret received his undergraduate degree in Communications and Public Relations from LSU in Baton Rouge in 1997. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Perret attended the Louisiana State University Law Center, graduating and gaining admission to the practice of law in 2000.

Craig Mordock_Mordock Legal_myLawCLECraig Mordock | Mordock Legal
Craig Mordock has a diverse experience as lawyer having practiced bankruptcy, real estate and construction law. For the last 12 years he has practiced exclusively criminal defense. He has handled hundreds of DWI cases throughout Louisiana and regularly teaches CLEs on DWI and criminal defense topics.

Agenda

Session I – Client Interview: Information Gathering, Written Fee Agreement, DOL Hearing, and Ascertaining the Client’s Goal | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
1. Information Gathering | 1:00pm – 1:15pm
2. Written Fee Agreement | 1:15pm – 1:30pm
3. DOL Hearing | 1:30pm – 1:45pm
4. Ascertaining the Client’s Goal | 1:45pm – 2:00pm

Break | 2:00pm – 2:10pm

Session II – The Basics of DUI Science: Foundation, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, When is Alcohol “In the System”?, and “Standardized” Field Sobriety Tests | 2:10pm – 3:10pm
1. Science of Alcohol: What is alcohol and why it causes intoxication
2. Breath test: How administered and how it may be flawed
3. Blood test: How administered and how it may be flawed
4. Standardized Field Sobriety Test: Each step involved and the flaws involved in the test

Break | 3:10pm – 3:20pm

Session III – Court Process: Arraignment, Discovery, Pre-trial Conferences, and Motions to Suppress | 3:20pm – 4:20pm

1. Discovery | 3:20pm – 3:35pm
2. Plea Negotiations and Alternative Resolutions | 3:35pm – 3:50pm
3. Sentencing and Pitfalls to avoid | 3:50pm – 4:05pm
4. Motion Practice | 4:05pm – 4:20pm

Break | 4:20pm – 4:30 pm

Session IV – The DUI Trial: Common DUI defenses, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direction Examination, Working with Experts, Cross Examination, and Arguments | 4:30 pm – 5:30pm
1. Trial Notebook | 4:30 pm – 4:40pm
2. Voir Dire | 4:40pm – 4:50pm
3. Opening Statement | 4:50pm – 5:00pm
4. Cross Examination | 5:00pm – 5:10pm
5. Should you put on a case? | 5:10pm – 5:20pm
6. Closing Argument | 5:20pm – 5:30pm