In a continuing effort to provide those charged with Driving While Intoxicated in New York with the best possible defense, on September 23, 2010, attorney Peter Tilem a partner in the criminal defense firm Tilem & Campbell successfully completed the New York State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Class “Representing a DWI Defendant in New York from Arraignment to Disposition.”
The class focused on New York’s new Ignition Interlock Law which requires anyone charged with Driving While Intoxicated (by alcohol only) on or after November 18, 2009 and sentenced after August 15, 2010 to install an Ignition Interlock in any vehicle that person owns or operates. This is a very complex law with many yet to be solved problems and issues.
Furthermore, the class focused on test refusals, the imposition of penalties on out-of-state drivers, multiple offenders, and DWI felonies. There was also a session on Field Sobriety Testing (which included the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (the eye test), the Walk-and-Turn Test and the One-Leg-Stand Test). The final session of the class concerned breath testing and the inner workings of the most common machines used by law enforcement.
This class was but one of many Mr. Campbell has taken in an effort to stay on top of the most cutting edge DWI defense issues and to enable him to effectively cross examine law enforcement officers at Driving While Intoxicated trials throughout New York State. In 2009 Mr. Campbell was certified in DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing by Blackwater Worldwide. Also in 2009, Mr. Campbell completed the National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers 2009 DUI Defense Three Day Seminar. Mr. Campbell is also certified in Narcotic Field Testing by NIK Public Safety. This arsenal of training has allowed Mr. Campbell to successfully defend those charged with both felony and misdemeanor DWIs at trial. In fact, other attorneys have at times retained Mr. Campbell to assist them in defending their own clients at DWI trials. For more information please call 1-888-DWI-COUNSEL or visit us on the web at www.888dwicounsel.com.