Necessary Training for New Jersey DWI Attorneys
A DWI defense attorney is more than just a general practitioner. A true DWI attorney has extensive experience in handling DWI cases, but is also trained and certified in a number of key areas that relate to defending these highly scientific and technical cases.
DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing
Field sobriety testing makes the majority of the evidence in many DWI cases. Having an attorney who has been trained in field sobriety testing is essential.
An attorney who has been trained in field sobriety testing has also been trained in DWI detection, the clues of impaired driving and impairment, such as slurred speech and watery, bloodshot eyes. They know what driving conduct is indicative of drunk driving and what is not.
An attorney with proper training and experience is going to know the common signs of drunk driving, the common clues of impairment and how field sobriety tests are supposed to work.
A true DWI defense attorney should have, at the bare minimum, the same amount of training as the Alcotest operator who took the breath test and the lab technician who ran and analyzed the results.
There is special training that attorneys can take in certain laboratories around the country in forensic chromatography, the process by which blood and urine samples are analyzed. The New Jersey Supreme Court has made it available to attorneys to become certified Alcotest operators; however, very few of them have availed themselves of this training. If your attorney has taken these courses, he or she will be better equipped to find errors with the results of your test and to develop the most effective defense in your case.
Can Your Attorney Handle Your Case?
If you are facing DWI charges, you are likely aware that the penalties for a conviction will be severe, even if this is your first offense. You need an aggressive and experienced advocate in your corner.