Defending Serious Traffic Cases: Strategies and Tactics in Representing Clients

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Monday, October 28 / Charlottesville
  Tuesday, October 29 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Danville, Fredericksburg, Hampton,
Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, October 30 / Norfolk, Tysons, Warrenton (Winchester is cancelled)
Registration: 8:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Program: 8:25 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 6.0 (VIDC Information)
Live on Site: October 1 in Richmond (Glen Allen) and October 2 in Fairfax


Why Attend?

  • Get updates on all aspects of the law related to traffic offenses
  • Understand how the legislative changes can affect your practice
  • Learn about DMV programs and their collateral consequences
  • Explore relevant substantive and procedural differences around the state
  • Hear from a panel of judges
  • Examine the ethical concerns specific to traffic cases

If your traffic practice includes more than DUI, this seminar is for you. And if you seek to begin a traffic practice, this seminar is a great place to start.

This seminar is the companion to Virginia CLE®’s biennial DUI Defense in Virginia program. It provides the basic theory and strategies on effective representation of clients charged with reckless driving, speeding, eluding, hit-and-run, and driving on suspended or no license, as well as representing habitual offenders and juveniles. You will learn about changes in the law of license suspensions including the July 1, 2019, Virginia law change prohibiting license suspension solely for failure to pay court costs. You will hear from a panel of judges who will share their views from the bench and how to be a more effective advocate for your client. This program provides the opportunity to hear from experienced defense attorneys and the Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys. The program will end with ethical considerations specific to traffic cases.

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*Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

8:00 Registration
8:25 Introductory Remarks
Stephen Mutnick

Updates on the Law and Practice
Judge William Jarvis

  • Update of all the changes from the 2019 General Assembly Session

Driving on Suspended License, Operating a Vehicle Without a License, Eluding, Hit-and-Run, and Other Serious Traffic Offenses
Tim Carwile

  • Appropriate section charged
  • Defenses
  • Punishment including enhancements
  • Saving the license
  • Resident and non-resident alien issues
  • Felony v. misdemeanor
  • Elements of proof
  • Evidentiary issues
  • Involuntary manslaughter
10:10 Break
10:20 Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, and Speeding
G. Manoli Loupassi

  • Texting while driving-substantive and procedural considerations
  • Appropriate sections charged
  • Defenses
  • Punishment including enhancements
  • Saving the license
  • Resident and non-resident alien issues
11:10 DMV Driver Improvement Program and Other Administrative Requirements
Millicent Ford

  • Overview and points system (safe driving and demerits)
  • Treatments (advisory letter, clinic, probation, and control)
  • Juvenile program
  • Probation/control period/restricted license
  • Law change prohibiting license suspension solely for failure to pay court costs
11:45 Lunch Recess
12:30 Same Laws, Disparate Results—A Panel Discussion Exploring Regional Differences in Practices and Procedures
Moderator: Steve Mutnick
aculty Panel
1:30 Break
1:40 View from the Bench: A Judges Panel
Moderator: Jon Huddleston
Judges Panel
2:40 Break
2:50 Ethics: Professional Issues Specific to Traffic Law
Judge Manuel Capsalis
3:50 Adjourn



Stephen A. Mutnick, Blackburn, Conte, Schilling & Click, PC / Richmond


Hon. David B. Caddell, Jr., Hanover General District Court / Hanover
Hon. Manuel A. Capsalis, Fairfax General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. William E. Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas
Hon. Mitchell Mutnick, Fairfax General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. J. Bruce Strickland, Stafford County General District Court / Stafford
Hon. Gino W.  Williams, Montgomery County General District Court / Christiansburg
Hon. Gene A.  Woolard, Virginia Beach General District Court / Virginia Beach


Timothy C. Carwile, Allen & Carwile / Waynesboro
Timothy M.  Dustan, Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office / Prince George
Millicent Ford, Department of Motor Vehicles / Richmond
Jon D. Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, PC / Leesburg
G. Manoli Loupassi, The Law Office of G. Manoli Loupassi, LLC / Richmond
Corinne J. Magee, The Magee Law Firm / McLean                                 
Stephen A. Mutnick, Blackburn, Conte, Schilling & Click, PC / Richmond
George Neskis, Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub, & Neskis, PC / Norfolk
Eric Shamis, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office / Leesburg
Ronald E. Smith, Ronald E. Smith, PC / Fairfax

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are not available for the video replays.)

$249 regular registration.
$269 on-site registration (if space is available).



Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town / Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Avenue (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Danville: The Institute Conference Center, 150 Slayton Avenue (434) 766-6777 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 373-8300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Hampton: Old Dominion University’s Peninsula Center, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, Second Floor, 600 Butler Farm Road, next to the TNCC Campus  (757) 766-5200 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (804) 662-7464 (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.)


Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Warrenton: Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, 410 Holiday Court (540) 341-3461 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Winchester: CANCELLED

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Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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