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.
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 an attorney who is the most diversely educated person in the courtroom, well versed in criminal and defense law as well as in civil practice and is able to understand both sets of rules. Additionally, unlike every other area of law, your DUI attorney needs to be skilled in 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 We Do What We Do
When asked why we do what we do, it is not often kindly put. Typically, it is more along the lines of “How can you represent those people?” Our response is always the same: If we don’t then who will? Martin Niemöller said, “When they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me.” It is my job to speak when no one else can or will.
Fair trials are for losers…
You must realize that you don’t want a “fair trial”. Our 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.
Our firm brings close to 30 years of experience in handling criminal charges for clients in both Illinois and Missouri. We not only have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system but our founder, Michael Reid, wrote the book on the topic and updates it annually. We are committed to standing up for our clients when others won’t in an effort to limit the impact any such charges may have on their lives.
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. We protect these rights. That’s our mission. That’s our passion. We succeed because we will never give up.
Michael Reid is one of the best-trained attorneys in Missouri and Illinois in this highly specialized area of law and regularly teaches others in this field.
If you think hiring a good experienced DWI attorney is expensive, try hiring a bad one. You may end up payingfor this decision the rest of your life.
Most states prohibit attorneys from calling themselves an expert in DUI law. What we can tell you is Mr. Reid wrote the book that judges and other experts in the field rely on. He’s also a member of the National College of DWI Defense Attorneys and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. In addition to the aforementioned, Mr. Reid is a certified instructor on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and is trained on all the breath instruments used by officers in both Missouri and Illinois.
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