Collateral Damage: Assessing and Mitigating the Far Reaching Consequences of a DWI

Fri, February 10, 2023   |   8:55 a.m. -4:15 p.m.   |  
Virtual and  111 Realtors Way, Cary NC
  |   CLE Hours: 6.0 CLE Hours

This CLE will focus on the impact a DWI can have on a person’s life outside of the courtroom. The goal of this CLE is to help attendees become better counselors for clients facing a DWI charge by helping lawyers recognize the plethora of issues that a DWI can create for a client.

Speakers & Topics

8:00 a.m. Registration (in person)
8:55 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Program Chair
  • Allison Dunlap, Minick Law, P.C., Greensboro
9:00 a.m. Overview of Alcohol Assessment / ADETS
  • Megan Thomas, Silver Lining Therapy, Asheville
  • Scott Thomas, Silver Lining Therapy, Asheville 
    • Explanation of what happens during the alcohol assessment and how the required amount of treatment is determined
    • Overview of ADETS – what is the purpose of this course
    • How to incorporate the lessons your client learns in ADETS into the courtroom at sentencing
10:00 a.m. DWI Crimmigration
  • Ana Nunez, Fay Grafton Nunez, Raleigh
    • How to determine if there is an immigration issue at the outset of representation
    • Discussion of attorney obligations to a client with potential immigration issues
    • Overview of the immigration consequences of a DWI conviction
    • Best practices for representing a client with potential immigration consequences
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Using C-CAT to Assess DWI Consequences 
  • John Rubin, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
    • Overview of Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool (C-CAT)
    • Demonstration of how to use C-CAT
    • Discussion of the impact of a DWI on a defendant’s professional license
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Employment Consequences of a DWI 
  • James Minick, Minick Law, P.C., Asheville
    • Best answers to client employment FAQs
    • Tip on how a lawyer can help a client communicate the details of a DWI charge to their employer / professional licensing board
1:00 p.m. Impact on Service Member
  • Steven Goralski, Military Defense Litigator, LLC, Jacksonville
    • Overview of the Military’s DUI/DWI Statute
    • Discussion of the Nonjudicial Punishment Process
    • Explanation of the impact of a DWI on a member of the armed forces
    • Best practices for representing a member of the armed forces who is charged with DUI
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Impact of Family Life Concerns
  • James Davis, Davis & Davis, Salisbury
    • Overview of the impact that a DWI conviction can have on a client’s ongoing child custody case
    • Best practices for representing a client charged with DWI in both a custody case (or working with their family attorney) and the criminal charge
    • Discussion of how to counsel clients whose charge (and alcohol or drug addiction) has brought their home life to the brink of destruction
3:15 p.m. Ignition Interlock Update and CDL Ramifications 
  • Chris Brooks, DMV Special Deputy Attorney General, Raleigh
    • Summary of the recent NC ignition interlock updates
    • Major pitfalls for attorneys to avoid with ignition interlock privileges / credit
    • The consequences of receiving a DWI charge and/or conviction for a CDL holder
    • Outline of the steps a CDL driver must take to get their CDL back following a DWI suspension
4:15 p.m. Adjourn