Alan Bernstein

Alan Bernstein

Alan Bernstein has been practicing criminal law since 1982, focusing on DUI since 1993. He is a Founder of the National College of DUI Defense; author of Florida DUI Defense: The Law & the Practice, Lawyers and Judges Publishing. He was part of the team in Florida’s landmark Meador v. State, 674 So. 2d 826 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996) case which is respected nationwide for recognizing the scientific deficiencies of standardized field sobriety tests. He lectures on DUI/DWI in Florida and other states. His intoxilyzer training in both the 5000 & 8000 comes from C.E.S. Consulting and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His clients include celebrities and athletes who get DUIs in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida. An interesting note is that Alan’s first job after law school was with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service where in just one year he tried 25-30 cases and won them all. He serves his community outside his work by being a member of the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Pythias, B’nai Brith Justice Unit, and the American Cancer Society. He has logged in volunteer hours as a teacher’s aide at Westchester Elementary School, taught the “Stop Substance Abuse Through Education” for Broward County, sponsors soccer and baseball teams in Coral Gable, Fla., and has coached his son’s baseball team. He and his wife have 3 children with the youngest being 11.

He is an avid chess player but his true love is knowledge. He devours books with a library of over 1,000 in his house. He “still reads new books on trial, practices, and DUI almost weekly.”

Alan loves DUI law so much it is a fact that six weeks after having quadruple bypass heart surgery he made it to a NCDD session. It should not be a surprise when you see him at your state DUI/DWI conference. He has frequented Texas DWI seminars on several occasions (non NCDD related). Alan is a true scholar both professionally and in life. Chances are very high that if you have published a DWI/DUI article he has expressed to you his keen insight on it, used it and shared it in seeking justice and helped others to do the same. NCDD has been built and nurtured through the intellectual giant of Alan Bernstein. For that, we thank you dear friend. You make us all stand taller.

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