I’ve made no secret about how important I think it is for any criminal defense attorney who handles DUI cases to learn all they can about SFSTs. I’m a practitioner and instructor of SFSTs, and the knowledge I use everyday to question police officers is extremely valuable. I can use the information to not only develop issues for suppression, but I also use the training against officers at trial to disprove their opinion that my client is driving impaired. I always find it disheartening when attorneys are so quick to encourage their clients to plead guilty in a DUI case without even exploring the possibility that the SFSTs administered can be used to their benefit. My firm is known for taking cases to trial, and we always question officers about the administration and results of SFSTs at all stages of the case, from preliminary hearing to suppression to trial. If you’re an attorney practicing DUI, I highly suggest you receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) training in SFSTs.
Lucky for you, Billy Reynolds over at Brighton Lewis and Anthony Palacios at IDS Consulting will be presenting the updated NHTSA DWI Detection/SFST Practitioner course May 16-18, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. This course is great not only for people who have no training in SFSTs, but also for those attorneys that have already been through the training, as the 2013 manual has enough updates to teach a 6-8 hour course.
There are many benefits of taking this course with Billy and Anthony. There will be not 1, but 2 national DWI consultants teaching the course. You’ll receive hands-on training, as the course involves a live alcohol workshop on both Friday and Saturday. You’ll also get the benefit of hearing guest speakers, networking, and receiving the 2013 NHTSA DWI/SFST manual along with other training materials. If that wasn’t enough, the course is being held in a fantastic location – the Ameristar Resort and Casino in St. Charles, MO.
The course fee is $750 and includes all the above training, continental breakfast all three days, lunch Friday and Saturday, and so much more. You’ll receive plenty of CLE credits to make it worth your while. For more information, click here. And remember, this training could make the difference between winning and losing a case!