Defending DWI Cases - The Critical Issues


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Friday, September 8, 2017
 | Buffalo | Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
5020 Main Street | Amherst, New York, USA, 14226

Thursday, September 14, 2017
 | NYC | Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street | Between Broadway and Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10001 

Thursday, September 28, 2017  | Albany | New York State Bar Association | Live and Webcast Red
1 Elk Street | Albany NY | 12207

Defending DWI Cases: The Critical Issuesfrom New York State Bar Associationon Vimeo.

8.0 MCLE Credits

3.5 Skills, 3.5 Professional Practice, 1 Ethics

Program Co-Sponsors:
Criminal Justice Section
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Program Chair
Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany, NY

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Not Able to Attend in Person?
A Live Webcast Option is Available: Thursday, September 28, 2017*
If you cannot watch the webcast at the scheduled time and date, the recording will be available to you to access after the presentation date for a 60 day period enabling you to watch on your schedule and earn your MCLE credits.*Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the live program in order to earn Skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys are not able to earn Skills credits by viewing the webcast.

Who Should Attend:
Attorneys who handle DWI Defense; Attorneys who want to expand their practice to include DWI Defense; Prosecutors; Personal Injury Attorneys; Criminal Defense Attorneys.


Program Description
DWI dispositions rise and fall with the factual, constitutional and statutory issues that arise in every case. It is the ability to spot, understand, and argue these issues that makes the difference for both the prosecution and the defense. This DWI
program will focus on the critical issues that determine the ultimate disposition of these cases.

8:30-9:00 a.m. - REGISTRATION 


9:10-10:25 a.m.
I.  REFUSAL ISSUES (1.5 MCLE Credit in Skills)
    (a) Right to Counsel
    (b) Report of Refusal Analysis 
    (c) Effect on Conditional Licenses & 20-Day Order
    (d) Use of Refusal at Trial
    (e) Commercial Driver's Licenses
    (f) PSD Refusals & the 2-Hour Rule
Speaker: Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. 
| Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang

10:25-10:35 a.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:35-11:25 a.m.
II.  BREATH TEST ISSUES (1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills)
    (a) Mouth Alcohol & Slope Detector
    (b) Partition Ratio
    (c) Body Temperature
    (d) 2-Hour Rule
Speaker: Steven Epstein, Esq. 
| Barket, Marion, Epstein and Kearon, LLP, Garden City, NY

11:25-12:15 p.m.
III. STOP AND ARREST ISSUES (1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice)
    (a) Hollman & DeBour
    (b) Anonymous Tips vs. Known Informant
    (c) Mistake of Fact vs. Mistake of Law
    (d) Bad Stops and Arrests
Speaker: Eric H. Sills, Esq. 
| Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY

2:15-1:15 p.m. - LUNCH (On your own)

1:15-2:05 p.m.
IV. BLOOD TEST ISSUES (1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills)
    (a) Extrapolation
    (b) Blood Test Kit Issues
    (c) The Compulsory Chemical Test
    (d) Physician-Patient Privilege
    (e) Admissibility
Speaker: Edward L. Fiandach, Esq. | 
Fiandach & Fiandach, Rochester, NY

12:05-3:20 p.m.
V. DISPOSITION ISSUES (1.5 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice)
    (a) Ignition Interlock Device
    (b) DMV Regulations
    (c) Out-of-State Defendants 
    (d) Youthful Offender & Zero Tolerance
Speaker: Jonathan D. Cohn, Esq. 
| Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY

3:20-3:40 p.m.

3:40-4:30 p.m.
VI. DWAI DRUGS ISSUES (1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice)
    (a) Impairment - Drugs or Something Else
    (b) Drugs & HGN
    (c) Drug Concentration & Impairment
    (d) Blood vs. Urine
    (e) The DRE & The Rolling Log
Speaker: Joseph M. Gerstenzang, Esq. 
| Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY

4:30-5:20 p.m.
VII. ETHICS ISSUES (1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics)
    (a) Prior Convictions & Pending Charges
    (b) Client Relations - - Calls, Emails, and Letters
    (c) Nasty Judges & Lawyers
    (d) Judicial Policies 
 Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY

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Program Co-Sponsors
Criminal Justice Section 
Committee on Continuing Legal Education  


NYSBA Members: $195
Criminal Justice Section Members: $150
Non-Members: $295

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