DUI Defense in Virginia

MCLE Credits: 6.5
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Thursday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. ET
  • Live Webcast
  • Live Telephone
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MCLE Credit: 6.5 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.5 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 6.5 (VIDC Information)
Registration Fee:

$339 regular registration (includes Defense of Serious Traffic Cases
in Virginia
(2020 edition) e-book)

$299 discounted regular registration (already own Defense of Serious
Traffic Cases in Virginia
(2020 edition) and don’t want the e-book)


Why Attend?

This seminar covers the specifics of defending the serious traffic case, with special emphasis on DUI defenses, including:

  • Updates on relevant legislation and case law
  • Review of constitutional issues―stops, arrests, searches
  • Innovative sentencing alternatives
  • Insights on scientific aspects of DUI cases
  • Ethics

BONUS! The must-have Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia e-book (2020 edition including electronic forms)—a $189 value!—is included in the regular registration fee. You get the book in a completely searchable electronic format. (If you already own the 2020 edition of this handbook and do not want the e-book version, you may register at a discounted rate.)


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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $189 for the price of the Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia e-book if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (October 1) (Eastern Time)

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:05 Updates on the Law and Practice
Tim Carwile (Case Law Update), Stephen Mutnick (Legislative Update)

News you can use—important statutes, recent cases, and current procedures
  • Overview of recent case law and legislation affecting drunk driving offenses
  • Review of landmark and recent cases applicable to drunk driving and motor vehicle violations
  • Habitual offender status
  • Blood alcohol procedures
  • Violations
  • Suspension and revocation procedures
9:55 Break
10:00 Stops, Arrests, and Searches
Judge Jarvis

Constitutionality of procedures:
  • Articulable suspicion
  • Scope of constitutional stops
  • Probable cause
  • Admissibility of blood/breath tests
  • Validity of searches
10:50 Break
11:00 Substance Abuse Expert and Sentencing Issues
Jon Huddleston and Substance Abuse Expert Kevin Doyle

An experienced counselor will share insights and suggestions about how to coordinate efforts to help your clients get the help they need to identify and address substance-related issues that could benefit from professional treatment/counseling.  Then hear from experienced practitioners on how they use this valuable information to help clients charged with:
  • First offenders and recidivists
  • Ignition interlock/Refusal sanctions/ASAP
  • License suspension and revocation
11:50 Break

DUI Testing Overview: Understanding the Science
Jeff C. Martin, Michael Tillotson, T. Kevin Wilson

This segment is chock full of information and is designed to be an overview of the science behind field sobriety and breath and blood testing. 

Field Sobriety: T. Kevin Wilson
  • A brief history of the origins of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Tests that were considered and rejected by NHTSA
  • The three phases of DWI Detection
  • The three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • The standardized instructions for each SFST
  • The standardized clues for each SFST
  • Common mistakes officers make
  • Resources and next steps for the lawyer to learn more
Breath Testing: Michael Tillotson
  • Understand how the EC/IR II was flawed from the beginning
  • How the EC/IR II calculates a number
  • What does .08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath really mean?
  • Get a list of way the breath test number can be wrong and the three major ways    the breath test can be wrong
Blood Testing: Jeff C. Martin
  • Virginia’s two blood tests:  diagnostic or forensic?
  • From blood draw to certificate—learn where the mistakes happen
  • Understand the technology of blood testing:  a gas chromatograph is like a moonshine still!
  • “Huh, that looks odd!”  Easy issue spotting gas chromatography problems
1:00 Lunch Break
1:30 Hypotheticals Covering Trial Issues
G. Manoli Loupassi, Corinne Magee, Eric Shamis, Stephen Mutnick (Moderator)

Join the expert panel as they work through a few creative DUI hypotheticals, applying what they have learned, spotting issues, developing defenses, and discussing trial tactics—from the initial consultation through pretrial preparation and conduct of the trial.
2:30 Break
2:40 View from the Bench: A Judges Panel
Judge Caudill, Judge Flythe, Judge Simmons, Jon Huddleston (Moderator)
3:40 Break
3:50 Ethics
Judge Capsalis

A review of ethical and professionalism dilemmas faced by defense attorneys and prosecutors through hypothetical scenarios.  This session will help you better understand the most recent Rules changes and relevant LEOs.
4:50 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Hon. Manuel A. Capsalis, Fairfax County General District Court / Fairfax
Hon. Lauren Caudill, Henrico General District Court / Henrico
Hon. Tyneka L. D. Flythe, Newport News General District Court / Newport News
Hon. William E. Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas
Hon. Mark C. Simmons, Fairfax General District Court / Fairfax


Timothy C. Carwile, Allen & Carwile / Waynesboro
Dr. Kevin Doyle, Private Practice / Charlottesville
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, PLLC / McLean
Jeff C. Martin, Tillotson & Martin / Newport News
Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian
Eric M. Shamis, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office / Leesburg
Michael Tillotson, Tillotson & Martin / Newport News
T. Kevin Wilson, The Wilson Law Firm / Manassas

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