Handling a DWI Case in New York State - Nuts and Bolts CLE Program Series

New Discovery laws dramatically change the way we  practice criminal law in New York. They shift the burden from the defense to demand, to the prosecution to provide extensive discovery that far exceed that which was previously required.


Join a seasoned panel of DWI attorneys, headed by nationally renowned DWI speaker Peter Gerstenzang, as they walk attendees through the basics of representing a DWI defendant. This program provides attendees with an excellent overview of how to represent a DWI defendant in New York. While designed as an introduction to attorneys new to DWI defense, this program will also serve as an excellent refresher for experienced attorneys. Learn how to handle a DWI case, keep up to date on changes in the law, and sharpen your skills. Register today to learn the nuts and bolts of DWI defense!

Registration for the live, in-person program is limited, and preregistration is highly recommended.

Co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association

Tuesday, September 24 | Long Island 
Thursday, October 10 | Albany & Webcast
Wednesday, October 16 | Poughkeepsie
Wednesday, October 23 | Syracuse

*This program runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at all program locations

7.5 MCLE Credits: 5.0 Skills, 1.5 PP, 1.0 Ethics

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Member: $195 | Non-Member: $295
Criminal Justice Section Member: $175


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Agenda & Faculty 

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m - Registration (Outside Meeting Room)
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m - Welcome and Introduction
9:10 a.m. -10:25 a.m - I. New Legislation1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice
                                        (a) Discovery -- The New Rules
                                        (b) Bail Reform
                                        (c) Trial Readiness
DWI Lawyer: Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany

10:25 a.m. -10:35 a.m - Break

10:35 a.m. -11:25 a.m - II. Challenging the Breath Test: The Low Budget Defense1.0 Credit in Skills 
                                           (a) Breath Testing - Does It Work?
                                           (b) Mouth Alcohol
                                           (c) Temperature and Partition Ratio
Speaker: Edward L. Fiandach, Esq. | Fiandach & Fiandach | Rochester

11:25 p.m. -12:15 p.m - III. Handling Refusal Hearings at the DMV: Turning “No” into a “Yes” | 1.0 Credit in Skills 
                                            (a) Parameters of a Refusal Hearing
                                            (b) How to Win the Hearing
                                            (c) Using the DMV Hearing to Fuel the Criminal Case
Speaker: Lisa A. Saltzman, Esq.| Queens Law Associates | Forest Hills

12:15 p.m. -1:15 p.m - Lunch (on your own) 

1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m - IV. Practical Problems in Everyday Practice - Key Skills | 1.0 Credit in Skills
                                          (a) Multiple Offenders and the DMV Regulations
                                          (b) Youthful Offenders and Commercial Drivers
                                          (c) Out-of-State Issues
                                          (d) How to Handle the Ignition Interlock Device
Speaker: Jonathan D. Cohn, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany

2:05 p.m. - 2:55 p.m - V. Trial of the Refusal Case | 1.0 Credit in Skills
                                         (a) Voir dire and the Theory of The Case
                                         (b) Using the Bill of Particulars as a Road Map to Questioning Witnesses
                                         (c) Using the Officer's Notes to Disprove Intoxication
                                         (d) Closing Arguments and Reinforcing Your Theme
Speaker: Kimberley F. Wallace, Esq. | Albany County Public Defender’s Office

2:55 p.m. -3:05 p.m - Refreshment Break

3:05 p.m. -3:55 p.m - VI. Pre-Trial Hearings | Best Practices | 1.0 Credit in Skills 
                                         (a) Leading vs. Non-Leading: Breaking the Golden Rule
                                         (b) Friend or Foe: Set the Tone with Your Witness
                                         (c) Bad Facts: When Can They Be Good?
                                         (d) Don't Sit Down Until You Have Pinned Down Your Witness
                                         (e) Know Your Witness: Greater the Training, Bigger the Ego
Speaker: Joseph M. Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany

3:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - VII.  Ethics and Playing by the Rules | 1.0 Credit in Ethics
                                             (a) Court Policies: Are They Allowed?
                                             (b) Issues Arising When Preparing Your Client to Testify
                                             (c) How to Effectively Represent Your Client in Plea Negotiations
                                             (d) What Responsibility Do You Have to Stop Your Client from Committing a Crime?
Speaker: Matthew J. Simone, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany

4:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m:  Q&As


Tuition Assistance: Any New York attorney who has a genuine financial hardship may apply for tuition assistance for a CLE program. Learn more at www.nysba.org/TuitionAssistance.
Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE
Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.


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