Practice Areas

DUI Defense

DUI cases are among the hardest cases to defend in the 21st century. The DUI attorney must be skilled in such a diverse array of physiological, biological, pharmacological as well as criminal and civil law.

Protecting Your Legal Rights

DUI cases are among the hardest cases to defend in the 21st century and short of the basic speeding ticket has become the most common encounter with law enforcement for the public. In the DUI field more than any other area of law the process is unfair.  There is a wholesale disregard for fundamental Constitution rights all in the interest of getting “drunks” off the street.   The minute you are stopped and asked to get out of your vehicle there is no one to protect you.  No judge; No jury;  Justice is administered by the police officer on the side of the road and you are presumed guilty.   What you do, and how you act,  is crucial and will alter the rest of your life.

DUI’s have always been one of the most difficult charges to defend, involving more esoteric areas of science and law than even the most convoluted felonies, while affording a person accused of such a crime increasingly fewer constitutional safeguards. Although there are more heinous crimes, few, are more unpopular with the press, the public, the courts and the legislatures than drunk driving. Grass roots lobbying efforts have resulted in stiffer penalties, relaxed constitutional safeguards and protections and attitude reformation in the legislatures and the judiciary which has eroded constitutional protections and safeguards that are taken for granted with other crimes.

There is a wholesale disregard for fundamental Constitution rights all in the interest of getting “drunks” off the street.

You need a DUI attorney who is the most diversely educated person in the Courtroom.  Prepared in the area of criminal law/defense but also in the area of Civil practice and able to understand both sets of Rules.  Additionally, unlike every other area of law the DUI attorney must be skilled in such a diverse array of physiological, biological, pharmacological as well as criminal and civil law.  These problems require extensive legal skill, as well as scientific and technical understanding.  The DUI attorney is one part advisor, one part doctor, one part counselor, one part mad-scientist, one part investigator, and one minute part advocate all bound together with a healthy dose of human compassion.

Why I Do This

I am often asked: Why do I do what I do? Typically when I am asked this question it is not as kindly put. Typically, it is more akin to “How can you represent those people?” My response is always the same: If I don’t then who will? Martin Niemöller said  “When they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.” It is my job to speak when no one else will or can.

Fair trials are for losers

You must realize the you don’t want a “fair trial”. My firm will do everything in our power to ensure you get the most biased trial possible. This statement may seem a bit odd and at odds with all we know and hold dear about the justice system. Everything we hear about justice says you are entitled to a “fair trial”; but hear me out. Do we want a fair trial where the burden is equal? where the State only has to win their case by a preponderance of the evidence? No!  Do we want a fair trial where you can be compelled to take the stand and testify? Certainly not.

I bring more than 20 years of experience to handling criminal charges for my clients both Illinois and Missouri. I not only have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system I wrote the book on the topic and update it annually . I am committed to standing up for my client when other’s will not. to limit the impact any such charges may have on their lives.

Criminal Litigation

The Constitution is not just a bunch of fancy words and contrary to the belief of some people there is no DUI exception to the Constitution.  THESE ARE YOUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. I protect these rights.  That’s my mission.  That’s my passion.  I succeed because I will never give up.

Expert Consulting

The experts call on us. So should you.

Call on the attorney called on by Judges

I am one of the best trained attorneys in Missouri and Illinois in this highly specialized area of law and regularly teach others in this field.

If you think hiring a good experienced DWI attorney is expensive, hire a bad one and you may  end up paying for this decision for the rest of your life.

Most states  prohibit me from saying I am an expert in the area of law known as DUIs; I can tell you I wrote the book that judges, and even the experts rely on.   I am a member of the National College of DWI Defense attorneys as well as the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.  I am a certified instructor on the SFST’s as well as trained on all the breath instruments used by officers in Missouri and Illinois.  

Use the attorney who wrote the book everyone else uses

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