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What does board certification as a DUI specialist mean?

September 8, 2011

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Board certification as a DUI defense specialist is a American BAR Association accredited certification through the National DUI Defense College. It’s a very elite status because there are over 900 members of the National DUI Defense College and as of 2011 only 42 members of that college had attained the level of Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist. It means that I took an exam through the National College for DUI Defense last year in January of 2010. In order to sit for that board certification exam I had to show the National College that I had litigated, and the number that I submitted that they asked for was 60 contested matters within a three year period to ensure that I was actually trying cases to verdict year in and year out. They then confirmed by way of docket sheets and certified copies from the courts that it was in fact me and not an associate or a partner that was doing all those cases. I also had to submit six judicial recommendations meaning I had to ask six different judges that are familiar with my work and my defense work in DUI to write recommendations to the National College and I also had to submit six lawyer recommendations. Lawyers that are familiar again with my practice and my DUI defense work. Once all of that was submitted I was accepted for examination. That examination was over the course of one day last January very much like a bar exam. The topics that were tested were constitutional law, ethics, science behind breath testing, blood testing, and then I also had to submit an atelic brief, and that argue that brief before a panel of three judges and those three judges were three regions of the National College for DUI Defense. I was very honored and very pleased to find out last April that I had passed the exam and I did obtain a board certification as a DUI Defense Specialist. I am one of only three attorneys practicing in Massachusetts that is board certified as a DUI defense specialist. I am one of only two lawyers practicing in the state of New Hampshire that is board certified as a DUI defense specialist.

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