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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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  • Board Certification for You

    • July 21, 2016

    In 2001 when I applied for Board Certification, the designation was in its infancy. I have since been recertified twice. Preparation, then and now, really consists of being a solid DUI defense lawyer and brushing up on some statistics. You cannot, and should not, cram for this exam. There’s a ...

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    Posted By:
    James Nesci
  • How NCDD's Board Certification Program Became ABA Approved

    • July 20, 2016

    Our Certification Committee is often asked how the NCDD Board Certification Program came to be approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). In response to this query, allow me to provide a historical perspective.   In the mid-1990s, the NCDD made a historical commitment to create a Certification ...

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    Posted By:
    Steve Oberman
  • Preparing for Board Certification

    • July 18, 2016

    One of the very best experiences in preparing for Board Certification was that I talked myself through the fundamentals of being a successful DUI specialist:  Knowledge, Preparation, Training and Talent.  Reviewing the knowledge that I gained by being in court every day, running motions, talking ...

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  • Yes, You Should Take NCDD's Board Certification Exam

    • July 15, 2016

    Is it demanding?  Yes.  Is it challenging?  For sure.  Will it make you a better lawyer?  Hell yes.  And that reason alone is why you should take NCDD’s Board Certification Exam. I practice in Washington State, where specialties and Board Certifications are not recognized ...

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Members in the spotlight

  • Member in the Spotlight: Steve Oberman

    • July 13, 2016

    This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Steve Oberman of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Oberman is a towering pillar of the highest ethical integrity both in the practice of law and life. He has championed a career in both the defense of the accused in DUI matters and educating other lawyers. He remains ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • 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

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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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    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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