DUI Defense in Virginia

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Thursday, October 6 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
  Friday, October 7 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
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Why Attend?

  • Learn the latest developments and best practices in DUI defense
  • Network with colleagues in this specialized practice area
  • Receive the Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2016 edition) handbook at a reduced cost

If your practice includes the defense of serious traffic cases, especially DUIs, you can’t miss this biennial seminar! Learn the latest developments and best practices in DUI defense and network with colleagues in this specialized practice area.

Topics Include:
  • Update on law and practice
  • Review of constitutional issues―stops, arrests, searches
  • Sentencing issues
  • The toxicologist's persective
  • Hypotheticals covering trial issues
  • View from the Bench
  • Ethics

BONUS! The must-have Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2016 ed., including electronic forms) is included in the regular registration fee. You can get the book in print or in a completely searchable electronic format.


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8:00 Registration
8:30 Updates on the Law and Practice
Tim Carwile

News you can use—important statutes, recent cases, and current procedures:
  • Overview of recent legislation affecting drunk driving offenses
  • Review of landmark and recent cases applicable to drunk driving and motor vehicle violations
  • Violations
  • Habitual offender status
  • Blood alcohol procedures
  • Suspension and revocation procedures
9:20 Stops, Arrests, and Searches
Burk Beale

Constitutionality of procedures:

  • Articulable suspicion
  • Scope of constitutional stops
  • Probable cause
  • Admissibility of blood/breath tests
  • Validity of searches
10:10 Break
10:30 Sentencing Issues
Steve Mutnick

What to do if your client is convicted:

  • First offenders and recidivists
  • ASAP
  • Ignition interlock
  • Refusal sanctions
  • License suspension and revocation
  • Alternative punishments
11:10 The Toxicologist’s Perspective
Dr. Jim Hutchings

Understand how they test and what their reports mean:

  • Testing procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug classes and their effect
12:00 Lunch (provided at live program only)
12:45 Hypotheticals Covering Trial Issues
Faculty Panel

Join the expert panel as they work through a few creative DUI hypotheticals, applying what we’ve learned, spotting issues, developing defenses, and discussing trial tactics—from the initial consultation through pretrial preparation and conduct of the trial.

1:45 Break
1:55 View from the Bench: A Judges Panel

Moderator: David Oblon
Richmond Panel: Judge Bain, Judge Chucker, Judge Talevi
Fairfax Panel: Judge Jarvis, Judge Mayne, Judge Moore

2:45 Ethics
Judge Capsalis

A discussion of ethical/professionalism dilemmas faced by defense attorneys.

3:45 Adjourn



J. Burkhardt Beale, Boone Beale / Woodbridge
Timothy C. Carwile, Allen & Carwile / Waynesboro
Jon D. Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, P.C. / Leesburg
Dr. James Hutchings, Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences / Richmond
Mary Kellam, Slipow, Robusto & Kellam, P.C. / Virginia Beach
G. Manoli Loupassi, The Law Office of G. Manoli Loupassi, LLC / Richmond
Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian
David A. Oblon, Albo & Oblon, L.L.P. / Arlington
Ronald E. Smith, Ronald E. Smith, P.C. / Fairfax


Hon. C. Ridley Bain, Hopewell General and J&DR District Combined Courts / Hopewell
Hon. George Barton Chucker, 14th Judicial District General Court / Henrico
Hon. Manuel A. Capsalis
, Fairfax County General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. William E. Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas
Hon. Hon. Lisa A. Mayne, Fairfax County General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. Becky J. Moore, Alexandria General District Court / Alexandria
Hon. Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi, Roanoke County General District Court / Salem


Jon D. Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, P.C. / Leesburg

Locations, Dates and Fees


$330 regular registration (includes Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2016 ed., including electronic forms)).
$345 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2016 ed., including electronic forms)).


RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Thursday, October 6
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

FAIRFAX / Friday, October 7
Waterford at Fair Oaks
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Venue Website / Google Map)
(703) 352-3200

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