DUI Defense in Virginia

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Wednesday, October 3 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
  Friday, October 5 / 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 (upcoming 2018 edition) handbook at a reduced cost

You have questions, we have answers. This seminar covers the specifics of defending the serious traffic case, with special emphasis on DUI defenses, including:

  • Update on law and practice
  • Review of constitutional issues―stops, arrests, searches
  • Case studies―pretrial preparation, powerful trial tactics
  • The toxicologist’s perspective
  • Creative sentencing
  • Ethics

BONUS! The must-have Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (upcoming 2018 edition, 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
Christopher E. Collins

News you can use—important statutes, recent cases, and current procedures            

9:20 Stops, Arrests, and Searches
J. Burkhardt 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
G. Manoli Loupassi

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. James Hutchings and Stephen Mutnick

Understand how they test and what their reports mean:

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

Richmond: George A. Neskis, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tim Dustan, G. Manoli Loupassi
Fairfax: Ronald E.  Smith, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Eric Shamis, David Albo

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

Richmond Panel: Judge Caddell, Judge Williams, Judge Woolard
Fairfax Panel: Judge Jarvis, Judge Welsh, Judge Minor

2:45 Ethics
Judge Capsalis

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

3:45 Adjourn



Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian


Hon. Manuel A. Capsalis, Fairfax County General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. David B. Caddell Jr., Hanover General District Court / Hanover
Hon. William E.  Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas
Hon. William J. Minor, Fairfax General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. Deborah C. Welsh, Loudoun General District Court / Leesburg
Hon. Gino W. Williams, Chief Judge, 27th Judicial District / Montgomery County
Hon. Gene A. Woolard, Virginia Beach General District Court / Virginia Beach


J. Burkhardt Beale, Boone Beale PLLC / Woodbridge
Christopher E. Collins, Buchbauer & McGuire, PC / Winchester
Tim Dustan, Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office / Prince George
Jon D. Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, P.C. / Leesburg
Dr. James  Hutchings
, Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences / Richmond
G. Manoli Loupassi, The Law Office of G. Manoli Loupassi, LLC / Richmond
Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian
George A. Neskis, Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub, & Neskis, PC / Norfolk
Eric Shamis, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office / Leesburg
Ronald E. Smith, Ronald E. Smith, P.C. / Fairfax

Locations, Dates and Fees


$360 regular registration (includes Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2018 ed.)).
$375 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia (2018 ed.)).


RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Wednesday, October 3
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

FAIRFAX / Friday, October 5
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

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