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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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  • Are Field Sobriety Tests a Search?

    • February 20, 2017

    I have an appeal pending that addresses, in part, the State’s ability to comment upon the Defendant’s right to refuse a warrantless search. Georgia has well-established case law that precludes the State from commenting upon a Defendant’s refusal to submit to a warrantless in “traditional” ...

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  • Updates from the National Forensic Science Commission

    • February 6, 2017

    The National Forensic Science Commission has fully reported on its last two meetings. Of concern, currently there are no practicing private criminal defense attorneys on the Commission.  As of meeting ten, the Commission has come up with 14 recommendations to the United States Attorney General. ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Stars in the Universe: 2016 Legacy Members in the Spotlight

    • February 6, 2017

    We at NCDD honor the lives of those we lost in 2016:       Richard Koch was a 1971 graduate of the University of Nebraska Law School, a founding member of the Koch & Garvis law firm, and helped found the National College of DUI Defense, as well as the Minnesota Society for Criminal ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Our Tone Matters (Particularly in More Difficult Cases)

    • January 16, 2017

    Our Tone Matters – Particularly In More Difficult Cases   The vast majority of our time is spent investigating the evidence in our cases, reviewing the state’s evidence, preparing to attack field sobriety evidence, preparing to cross-examine cops, and preparing arguments to discredit ...

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Members in the spotlight

  • NCDD Member in the Spotlight: Michael Rajek

    • February 22, 2017

    The NCDD’s Member in the Spotlight is Michael Rajek of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Michael was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. He played four years of college football at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He was a grad assistant to the University of Oklahoma football team, while ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Member in the Spotlight: Peter Gerstenzang

    • January 12, 2017

    This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Peter Gerstenzang of Albany, New York. Peter has practiced law for over 45 years. The State Bar of New York recently honored him in 2016 with a distinguished service award: “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law.” Peter has honorably ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • NCDD Member in the Spotlight: Doug Wells

    • November 23, 2016

    NCDD’s Member in the Spotlight: Doug Wells   The National College of DUI Defense’s Member in the Spotlight is Douglas Wells of Topeka, Kansas. Doug has practiced law for over 35 years. He was born with law in his blood. His father was an attorney and judge. His mother was a district ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Member in the Spotlight- George Bianchi

    • September 28, 2016

    The National College of DUI Defense’s (NCDD) Member in the Spotlight is George Bianchi of Seattle, Washington. George has practiced law for 33 years. In this time period, he has risen to the top of his field by serving as President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ) and as ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey

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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.


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  • 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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