At Lawyer Legion we created a free online directory of drunk driving, DUI and DWI attorneys throughout the United States. Use our DUI directory to find an attorney by city, state, or zip code.
The profiles have information on the attorney's membership and leadership in legal organizations related to DUI defense, speaking engagements at quality CLE seminars, and participation in specialty certification programs for criminal law or DUI defense.
We use that information to rank attorneys based on the objective criteria that is most important to attorneys who defend people charged with drunk or impair driving.
Each year different legal organizations have seminars devoted entirely to DUI and DWI defense. For instance, each year the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) host the Annual "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®" seminar.
This seminar is the biggest gathering of DUI Defense Lawyers in the country, featuring the most current content, and presented by an unmatched panel of speakers. Additionally, the state level affiliates of the NACDL also host a wide variety of DUI or DWI seminars throughout the year.
A newer organization, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (also known as DUIDLA), has also emerged as a major player in this field. Each year the DUIDLA sponsors both a Summer and Winter Seminar. Speakers include may of the top expert witnesses and DUI defense attorneys in the United States.
For the top drunk driving defense attorneys in California, the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) provides quality seminars focused on DUI laws in California. CDLA also uses a membership directory that allows the public find a qualified DUI attorney throughout cities or counties in California.
The American Bar Association has accredited the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., to certify lawyers as board certified in DUI defense. Most of these board-certified DUI defense attorneys have passed both a written and oral examination testing their knowledge of substantive, procedural, scientific and evidentiary matters relating to DUI defense. Find a certified DUI defense lawyer.
It is illegal in every state to drive under the influence of alcohol to the extent that the person's ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired. While the laws vary from state to state, a person in any state is considered "per se" intoxicated if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above .08, meaning that for every 10,000 parts of a person's blood, eight are alcohol. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of narcotics or other drugs.
States have different names for the charge of drunk driving, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), or Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI).
Police have various methods of determining, at a traffic stop, whether a person might be intoxicated. These methods of detecting clues of impairment could include field sobriety tests, in which the suspect is instructed to perform tasks like walking in a straight line touching heel to toe, holding one foot off the ground or touching his finger to his nose. Other methods of determining impairment in a DUI case include requesting a breath tests, blood tests and urine tests. Although the person might refuse to submit to chemical testing, many states impose administrative consequences to the refusal including an automatically suspend of the driver's license.
DUIs are generally misdemeanors, but often carry serious consequences. For instance, many states require an ignition interlock device to be placed on the vehicle. The IID prevents the vehicle from starting or continuing to run without a breath test. Penalties and punishments can also include probation, fines and court costs, community service hours, DUI school, a drug or alcohol evaluation and follow up treatment, vehicle impoundment, and a court ordered driver's license suspension or revocation. Some states have certain lesser offenses if a driver's BAC is lower than .08, or have heightened penalties if it is significantly higher.
DUI defense lawyers are criminal defense attorneys who represent those accused of drunk driving. Issues for defense lawyers often include whether there was probable cause to conduct the traffic stop, continue the detention or make the arrest. The defense lawyer may also challenge the evidence, including testimony about field sobriety exercises, statements taken from the accused or the results of a breath, blood or urine test.
At Lawyer Legion we created our directory of criminal defense lawyers to help the public find a qualified attorney in a variety of practice areas such as DUI, DWI, OUI and related drunk driving offenses. We organize DUI attorneys according to their stated focus in this practice area of the law, their membership and leadership in organizations related to criminal defense such as DUIDLA and NCDD, and other objective criteria.
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This article was last updated on Monday, December 23, 2019.