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Welcome To The Ncdd

The National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD) is a professional, non-profit corporation dedicated to the improvement of the criminal defense bar, and to the dissemination of information to the public about DUI Defense Law as a specialty area of law practice. The National College is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.It consists of a governing Board of Regents, a Founding Membership, a Sustaining Membership and a General Membership.


College members represent the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the country. The original Founding Members funded the establishment of the college, and are among the top DUI practitioners in the United States. Since its founding, the College continues to recognize, as Sustaining Members, defense lawyers who have demonstrated the skill and experience of the original Founding Members, as well as the generosity to financially sustain the growth of the NCDD. General Members are the backbone of the college—capable, experienced attorneys who dedicate a portion of their practice to the defense of DUI cases throughout the country.


When the National College for DUI Defense® was founded, the Board of Regents envisioned a Board Certification program as the culmination of its program of education. In 1999, the Board instituted Board Certification as a means of recognizing lawyers within the college who exemplify the program’s standards, and who meet the criteria established by the Board of Regents: extensive experience trying DUI cases and litigating pre-trial issues, a broad knowledge of the science involved in testing for intoxicants, and a command of the legal process on which DUI cases are framed.


  


The American Bar Association, in 2003, recognized DUI Defense Law as a specialty area in the practice of law, and in 2004 the ABA awarded its “Certificate of Accreditation” to the Board Certification program of the National College for DUI Defense®. The NCDD is the only organization in the country accredited to certify lawyers in the DUI Defense Law specialty practice area. ABA accreditation is currently recognized in 20 states. Please check your own state’s rules for certification.


The members of the College welcome you to our website. As it continues to grow, and provide additional information, we hope you will have the occasion to visit us again.


Few offenses in America’s criminal justice process call for greater attorney expertise than cases involving driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI cases are especially complex because they require defense counsel to understand scientific, as well as legal processes. The legal issues are wide-ranging, involving search and seizure, due process, illegal interrogation, denial of counsel, and evidentiary issues. These legal issues intersect in a DUI case with scientific areas of expertise, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and toxicology, as well as pseudo-scientific areas such as field sobriety testing. DUI defense counsel must also have a working understanding of the operation of breath test equipment, hospital testing equipment, and instruments utilized by forensic laboratories in the process of testing for intoxicants.


It is the mission of the National College for DUI Defense® to provide the finest advanced-level training available to the DUI Defense Law practitioner. The College offers, or co-sponsors, a minimum of four legal and scientific seminars each year. The Summer Session, conducted at the Harvard Law School in July, is the signature program to develop skills for trial, including methods for attacking field sobriety tests, breath and blood tests, for making opening statements and closing arguments, for learning techniques in cross-examining police officers and prosecution experts, and for developing and using defense expert witnesses. The Summer Session is limited in size, to preserve the lowest student/faculty ratio. Approximately one hundred and forty lawyers from around the country are accepted each year for the program conducted at Harvard.


The College also conducts a Winter Session in January of each year at varying locations, and co-sponsors, with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a seminar each October in Las Vegas. The October seminar is believed to be the largest criminal defense seminar of its type, regularly attended by more than five hundred lawyers from all over the country. The College also co-sponsors “Mastering Scientific Evidence” an intensive advanced three day seminar dedicated to perfecting the latest trial skills and applying them to current issues in forensic toxicology and other DUI related scientific disciplines. If there is a need for possible financial assistance please contact our Executive Director.


In sum, the mission of the college is to vindicate the promise of the United States Constitution, that a citizen accused has the right to the effective assistance of his or her counsel.

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latest DUI Blog posts

  • Going Against the Government's Adminstrative Scheme

    • April 25, 2016

    When decisions are made behind closed doors, it’s that much harder to get your hands on the evidence of impropriety in the decision making process. That’s what happened with British Columbia’s drunk driving scheme. When we finally got the evidence that Administrative Adjudicators were ...

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  • The Oldest Question In the Book: Do You Take a Test?

    • March 14, 2016

    Well, it may not be the oldest question, but it may be the most important. Since the 1940’s and the onset of cheap breath/blood alcohol testing, it is one that lawyers and defendants must initially face following a DWI arrest. Should your client take the test?   The answer to this, like everything ...

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  • How the 2016 NCDD Winter Session Helped My Client

    • March 4, 2016

    I attended the NCDD’s 2016 Winter Session in Marina Del Rey for the sole purpose of learning how to try the hell out of a Pot DUI case that I had coming up for trial.  I continued that trial until after the Winter Session, which was probably the smartest thing I could have done.  George ...

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    Posted By:
    Melanie N Roe
  • Justice Scalia, One of the Last Champions for the Rights of the Accused?

    • February 17, 2016

    The recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia has surely ignited a political firestorm.  But as students of the law, we should take time to carefully examine who Justice Scalia really was aside from all the political posturing and chest puffing.  Clearly, some of his positions on abortion rights, ...

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Members in the spotlight

  • Member in the Spotlight: Phil Price

    • March 21, 2016

    This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Phil Price of Huntsville, Alabama. Phil is not only a phenomenal powerhouse lawyer that has changed the field of DUI completely, but on a personal level he is charming, affable, and quintessential pure All American goodness. Phil was born in 1952 in Huntsville, ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Stars in the Universe: 2015 Legacy Members in the Spotlight

    • January 19, 2016

    We have lost 8 dear friends and valued colleagues this year. As Thomas Carlyle poignantly said, “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” The following are 8 stars in the spotlight, who each leave their own history, who forever remain with us as stars in the universe. We thank ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Member in the Spotlight: Tom Workman

    • January 13, 2016

    This week’s Member in the Spotlight is our highly esteemed academician Thomas Workman of Boston, Massachusetts. Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth, where he lectures on evidence and forensics. In addition, he is a highly sought after ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Member in the Spotlight: Jamie Balagia

    • November 30, 2015

    This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Jamie Balagia of San Antonio, Texas. Jamie is exceptional with a capital E, not only in passion but in genuine sincerity for all he meets. His Texas size personality is only outmatched by the size of his heart. For Jamie, all this passion is a reflection ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey

virtual forensic library

  • From Your Virtual Librarian: NCDD Amicus Briefs

    • April 22, 2016

    With all the talk of the US Supreme Court’s oral argument in Bernard, Beylund and Birchfield, it reminded me of all the work the NCDD has done to assist in developing favorable law. The NCDD has an amicus committee consisting of volunteers who research and write briefs on behalf of the NCDD and ...

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    Posted By:
    Bell Island
  • From Your Virtual Librarian: What does the odor of alcohol mean?

    • April 15, 2016

    Police always say they smell the odor of alcohol, and even worse, the odor of intoxicants. What the heck does this mean and why does it help to establish Reasonable Suspicion or Probable Cause? It sounds like it shouldn’t. In Police officers’ detection of breath odors from alcohol ingestion ...

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    Posted By:
    Bell Island
  • Medical Problems with Breath Testing

    • April 9, 2016

    Medical Problems and Unreliable Breath Tests We all know that breath testing is fraught with problems. However, the state refuses to acknowledge they exists, and definitely not for your client. That is where the Virtual Library comes into play. There are numerous articles about the medical problems ...

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    Posted By:
    Bell Island
  • From Your Virtual Library: Breath Alcohol & VOC's

    • March 31, 2016

    While breath testing may be a way to determine the alcohol content, it is fraught with potential errors. The problem with breath testing is that it does not only analyze alcohol, but any volatile organic compounds that appear in the limited light range the machine examines. Many of those things are ...

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    Posted By:
    Bell Island

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  • We Help Win More Cases

    • March 15, 2016

    When you join the National College for DUI Defense, it’s like adding 1300 lawyers to your knowledge base and to your law firm. The NCDD listserver provides members access to lawyers and advice that will change a difficult case to one with copies of motions, ideas, and assistance unlike anything you may have received in the past. And you will win more cases.


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  • The Top 20 Myths of Breath, Blood and Urine Testing Part 1

    • March 15, 2016

    Myth #1: Breath means alveolar air The alcohol breath test is the most commonly used form of alcohol testing evidence in drunk driving prosecutions. Many articles praise the breath test as a highly accurate and reliable means of testing the amount of alcohol in the alveolar air of a person at the time of the test, assuming certain safeguards are met. ...


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  • Our Faculty

    • March 15, 2016

    We would like to introduce our Faculty. Through their tireless efforts, they help make our Organization great. Please browse our roster to find a Faculty Member near you.


    Browse the Faculty Pages

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
    How it Works
    How to Challenge and
    Exclude It

    • March 14, 2016

    The majority of States recognize that the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test is scientific evidence.i As a scientific test it generally requires expert testimony for admissibility. Even States that have found, as a matter of law, that the scientific basis for HGN and the general method of applying it are sufficiently reliable to allow admission without proof of these elements in each case, generally require some degree of proof that the test was administered correctly on the occasion in question. ...


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