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

Fri, February 10, 2023   |   8:55 a.m. -4:15 p.m.   |  
  |   CLE Hours: 6.0 CLE Hours

Attention all defense lawyers!

Enhance your skills and expand your knowledge with our signature CLE program on DWI defense.

This program is designed for lawyers who want to take their trial strategies to the next level with insights and techniques for effectively defending clients in difficult cases from some of North Carolina’s most experienced DWI attorneys.

Don’t forget that this program is worth 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 of substance abuse credit, so you’ll also have the opportunity to fulfill your MCLE requirements while gaining valuable expertise.

Register now and get ready to upgrade your DWI defense skills.

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