JUSTICE THROUGH KNOWLEDGE

EST. 1995

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.

Upcoming Seminars

  • DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity. The Rock Stars of DUI Defense

    The Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV

    October 5 - October 7, 2017


    Click here for Registration. NACDL & NCDD’s 21st Annual ”DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®” Seminar, “The Rock Stars of DUI Defense” will be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, on October 5-7, 2017.   Click here for registration.   If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your firm’s portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize ...


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  • Prescription for Disaster: 2018 Winter Session

    Atlanta, GA

    January 19 - January 20, 2018


    SAVE THE DATE;  NCDD is proud to announce that our Winter Session will be dedicated exclusively to defending the prescription medication DUI.  This event will be held at Loews Midtown Atlanta right in the heart of the city.  


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  • Mastering Scientific Evidence

    New Orleans, LA

    March 22 - March 23, 2018


    SAVE THE DATE:  NCDD and TCDLA is proud to announce that the nation’s premier DUI forensic science seminar will once again be held, March 22-23, at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street.  


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  • Serious Science for Serious Lawyers

    Arlington, TX

    June 8 - June 12, 2018


    “Serious Science for Serious Lawyers:  Advanced Training in Blood Drug Analysis and Trial Advocacy” is the nation’s most comprehensive and advanced training on blood testing and trial skills related to blood testing.  This program will be held June 8-12, in Arlington, TX.  This graduate level course is for those ready to take their practice to the highest level.  


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latest DUI Blog posts

  • Specialization Ain't Just for Doctors Anymore

    • August 29, 2017

    Along with my friend from Arizona, Jonathan Goebel, I am one of the two newest Board-Certified DUI Specialists in the country. Why should you consider taking my spot and being the newest yourself? You shouldn’t! Unless, of course, you care about obtaining the upmost professional respect possible ...

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  • Eyes on the Road: Automatic License Plate Readers

    • August 25, 2017

    Eyes on the Road: The use of Automatic License Plate Readers by Law Enforcement   An automated license plate reader, or ALPR, is a computer-controlled, high-speed camera system. They are generally mounted on police cars or fixed objects such as light poles.    The ALPR system was developed ...

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  • Board Certification. What You Need to Think About

    • August 18, 2017

    Steve Oberman was one of the forefathers of our NCDD Board Certification Process and remains integral to its yearly success.  Never shy to comment, here’s what Steve Oberman wants YOU to think about:     “You Should NOT Become Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist if ...

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    Steve Oberman
  • Why I Became Board Certified by Don Ramsell

    • August 17, 2017

    Donald Ramsell is one of the most vocal and well known of our Board Certified members.  As a Regent for the NCDD, he knew that the Certification Exam would be tough, but he had no doubts he could pass it!  Have you mastered the subject?  If so and are thinking about taking the exam, here’s ...

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Members in the spotlight

  • Member in the Spotlight: Amy Morell

    • July 17, 2017

    The National College of DUI Defense’s Member in the Spotlight is Amy Morell of the San Francisco Bay area of California. Amy became a lawyer because she wanted to show other little girls that they too could become lawyers. She is the first of her family to attend and graduate from law school. ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • Member in the Spotlight: Jim Medley

    • May 9, 2017

    This week’s member in the spotlight is Jim Medley of Houston, Texas.  Jim was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He was raised in an even smaller town nearby called Bridge City. This area of Southeast Texas is sometimes called the Golden Triangle. Jim grew up with the dream of becoming a police ...

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    Posted By:
    Mimi Coffey
  • 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

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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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