DWI is a specialized area of law that requires knowing a lot more than the law. To effectively represent most people charged with driving while intoxicated you have to know the science behind breath testing and blood testing. Unless you understand the science, you don't know what issues to raise, or what problems exist. Unfortunately, far too many lawyers simply accept the "results" which the State's experts testify to.
Fortunately, there are starting to be more courses designed to educate lawyers about the science behind DWI. Unfortunately, far too lawyers attend these courses.
Mastering Scientific Evidence was designed to remedy this problem, and provide lawyers with the technical material they need to successfully defend their clients. There is very little law, and unlike most seminars most of the presentations are by experts in other fields. The program is held in New Orleans each year, and draws lawyers and experts from across the country. Some of the topics this year included:
- Government whitewashing on breath testing
- SFST's - why age and weight produce false results
- The fallacies of Drug Recognition validation
- Gas chromatography for beginners
- Advance Gas Chromatography
- Pseudo Science unveiled
In my opinion, every lawyer who represents DWI defendants should go to this court - or one like it. Until you go, you don't even know what you don't know. I'll keep going, and keep learning something new every time I go.
If you have pending DWI case, or want to learn more about this, please give us a call at 254-296-0020. You can also download our DWI Survival Guide to learn more about what all is involved in prosecuting and defending a DWI case.