A good DUI lawyer must have a reputation for expertly trying DUI cases
Very few lawyers have tried more than five DUI cases to a jury. However, Barton Morris has tried more than 30. The reason is that it takes specialized knowledge to successfully try a DUI case. It is not like a shoplifting or assault case where the evidence is much easier to understand. DUI evidence is scientific and takes specific training to learn and effectively use in a trial. Consequently, very few lawyers can actually win a DUI case. It is for that reason, prosecutors do not think they will ever lose a DUI case against a lawyer who does not have a reputation for, not only trying them, but also winning them.
Therefore, only DUI lawyers with a reputation for being DUI trial lawyers have a prosecutor’s attention and respect. It is a well known fact that an expert DUI lawyer will get plea bargains and results that are far better than others.
A good DUI lawyer is always learning how to be better by attending seminars
It is not easy becoming a master at defending DUI cases. That is why there are not many lawyers who truly do it. It takes time, money, dedication and a passion for learning. Most lawyers do not take the time necessary to be good because they are satisfied with being average. They can take a lot of DUI cases and pretend they know what they are doing. The truth is that they know very little.
Ask any lawyer you are thinking about hiring how a breath alcohol test works. Not very many will know or be able to explain even the basics. How can they then know how to beat it? The same thing can be said for a blood test or preliminary breath test (PBT). The best DUI lawyers are always learning how to be the best. There are only a couple places where this instruction has been given. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Barton Morris have been to all of them (and teach them).
The National College of DUI defense is the oldest and most prestigious DUI defense association in the country. They offer four highly regarded courses every year. Every spring, they put on Mastering Scientific Evidence at the Royal Sonesta Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The fact that they devote an entire seminar every year only on scientific evidence for DUI cases demonstrates how important scientific evidence is in a DU case.
Every summer, NCDD has seminar at Harvard Law School, which is their highlight of the year. These are three day courses with instruction from morning until evening. Every fall, there is the DUI seminar in Las Vegas, which they host alongside the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC).