Defending Serious Traffic Cases 2021: Strategies and Tactics in Representing Clients

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Monday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET
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  • Live Telephone
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MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 6.0 felony/misdemeanor (VIDC Information)
Designation Credit: 6.0 Trial Practice/Litigation, 1.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Registration Fee: $299


Why Attend?

  • Hear updates on all aspects of the law related to traffic offenses
  • Learn how the legislative changes can affect your practice
  • Explore relevant substantive and procedural differences around the state
  • Listen to a panel of judges
  • Examine the ethical concerns specific to traffic cases

Does your traffic practice include more than DUI? Are you looking to begin a traffic practice? This seminar is for you!

The companion to Virginia CLE®’s biennial DUI Defense in Virginia program, this seminar will begin with a case law and legislative update. It will provide the basic theory and strategies on effective representation of clients charged with reckless and aggressive driving, speeding, eluding, hit-and-run, and defending reckless driving fatalities. 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. Learn from experienced defense attorneys and an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. The program will end with ethical considerations specific to traffic cases.

What your colleagues say about Virginia CLE®’s traffic seminars …

“Great topics, great speakers.”

“Appreciate the practical discussions beyond of the overview of the law.”

“This course far exceeded my expectations and was a great overview of VA traffic law.”

“The practical strategy and tips, dealing with prosecutors and the focus on the technical elements of an offense [were] a highlight.”

“Clear, concise information that can be used in my everyday practice.”


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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 $90 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 4) (Eastern Time)

9:00 Announcements and Introductions
Steve Mutnick, Program Moderator
9:05 Updates on the Law and Practice Part 1: Case Law Update
Judge William E. Jarvis
9:50 Break
10:00 Update on the Law and Practice Part 2: Legislative Update
Stephen Mutnick

Update on Criminal Justice Reform legislation from the 2021 General Assembly session.
10:45 Break
11:00 Eluding, Hit and Run, Reckless and Aggressive Driving, and Speeding
Tim Carwile
  • Appropriate section charged
  • Defenses
  • Punishment including enhancements
  • Saving the license
  • Felony v. misdemeanor
  • Elements of proof
  • Evidentiary issues
11:45 Break
12:00 Defending Reckless Driving Fatalities
Eric Shamis
  • Appropriate sections charged
  • Evidentiary issues
  • Defenses
  • Recklessness = Criminal Negligence?
  • Potential punishment and aggravation/mitigation
12:45 Lunch Break
1:15 Same Laws, Disparate Results—A Panel Discussion Exploring Regional Differences in Practices and Procedures
Eric Demetriades, Manoli Loupassi, Tim Dustan

Join the expert panel as they work through a few creative 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.
2:15 Break
2:30 View from the Bench: A Judges Panel
Moderator: Jon Huddleston

Judges Panel: Judge Lauren Caudill, Judge M. Scott Stein, Judge Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi
3:30 Break
3:45 Ethics: Specific to Traffic Law
E. Kate Fitzgerald

A review of ethical and professionalism dilemmas faced by defense attorneys and prosecutors through hypothetical scenarios. The real-life hypotheticals will help you better understand the most recent Rules changes and relevant LEOs.
4:45 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. Lauren Caudill, Henrico General District Court / Henrico
Hon. William E. Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas
Hon. M. Scott Stein, General District Court / City of Newport News
Hon. Jacqueline F. Talevi, General District Court in the 23rd Judicial District / Salem


Timothy C. Carwile, Allen & Carwile / Waynesboro
Eric J. Demetriades, Laurel Brigade Law Group / Leesburg
Timothy M. Dustan, Prince George County / Prince George
E. Kate Fitzgerald, The Fitzgerald Law Group, PLC / Leesburg
Jon Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, PC / Leesburg
G. Manoli Loupassi, The Law Office of G. Manoli Loupassi, LLC / Richmond
Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian
Eric M. Shamis, King, Campbell, Poretz & Mitchell / Leesburg


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