Defending today's DUI ticket requires a great deal of scientific and legal knowledge. Scientific knowledge is required to know if the alcohol test was applied correctly: Is the lab trying to cover something up? Could something have skewed your test? Could something else have invalidated your test? Legal knowledge is also important. Is your attorney up-to-date with the latest in DUI defense? Does your attorney attend the major national seminars on DUI defense? As a potential consumer of legal products, you have the right to know the answer to these questions.
MEET EUGENE ELLIS
Why Mr. Ellis is called "THE PROFESSOR" by many local DUI attorneys and known by his clients as "MR. DUI"?
Mr. Ellis is know as "THE PROFESSOR" by so many of the local DUI attorneys because his door is always open to local counsel for advice, and because he writes and teaches others about DUI law. That in turn, comes from practicing law in the San Diego courts for 28 years and limiting his practice to the defense of citizens accused of drunk driving for the last 21 years. Mr. Ellis has a newsletter that he sends out to a handful of local DUI counsel and he attends every major national seminar anywhere in the United States that he is aware of. When he returns from these seminars, he holds a class and teaches what he has learned to local counsel who wish to learn.
He is currently writing a book on how to defend yourself against a DUI conviction and a pocket version for patrons of restaurants and bars to carry with them in the event of being stopped by the local police. He is a sought after lecturer in his field and the pre-eminent attorney for DUI defense in the County of San Diego, California.
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS
Other than Mr. Ellis's education in the law, he has also gone out of his way to learn more in specific areas of DUI.
FOUNDING MEMBER of the National College of DUI Defense, Advanced DUI Training and Education 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010.
This is the most advanced practice course offered to attorneys. It consists of a given factual scenario and each attorney is required to prepare the case for trial. Upon arrival, lectures are given on each area of the trial preparation and presentation by the nation’s leading DUI defense attorneys. The class is then broken into smaller groups in which each student demonstrates his ability and understanding of the lecture topic. After each demonstration, the student is critiqued by a three member panel, again composed of the best DUI defense attorneys in the country. In addition to the legal and extensive training in the areas of science involved with professional DUI defense, attendees work closely in small groups with scientists that explain the most advanced developments in chemical breath testing and blood analysis using the same scientific instruments employed in the attorneys home jurisdictions.
Graduate: Certified Field Sobriety Instructor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This course is based on the scientific study conducted by the Southern California Research Institute for DUI Detection and Field Sobriety exercises. It includes instruction on administration, procedure and evaluation of data collected for the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, One Leg Stand, and Walk and Turn tests used by the San Diego and State Police and in fact, across the USA. in identifying potentially intoxicated drivers during traffic detentions. Mr. Ellis is trained by a certified instructor in this course study. His instructor was Rick Swope, who has trained literally thousands of state troopers across the nation on how to give these coordination tests and is an NHTSA instructor’s instructor. Mr. Ellis is authorized to teach others how to give these Field Sobriety Tests.
Certified on Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator, American Legal Education graduate 1996
The Intoxilyzer 5000 is the most common breath test machine used throughout California to test possibly intoxicated persons who have been arrested for DUI and DWI under the current implied consent law. This machine is manufactured by CMI, Incorporated. This certification exceeds standards set by the California Alcohol Breath Testing Program for breath test operators. In addition to learning how to conduct a valid breath test, this course also teaches the scientific aspects of breath alcohol testing, infrared photo-spectroscopy, the internal workings of the Intoxilyzer 5000, and calibration of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machine.
Certified Training on the Intoximeter 3000, Data Master, Drager and the Intoximeter Alco-Sensor
A hand-held unit now used extensively to convict citizens of DUI by the State Police and local DUI police units. Mr. Ellis appeared recently on San Diego’s KUSI television station and instigated Dan Plat, the anchor, to chew Wonder Bread, who then blew .012 on Wonder Bread while a station employee blew .033 (half of the legal limit) after eating one slice of Wonder Bread. Henceforth, this machine is referred to by San Diego citizens that saw that news broadcast as the "Wonder Bread Machine," and they are refusing to blow into it if they are over 21 years old.
Attended post-graduate courses at U.S.C. Law Center: Advanced Studies DUI Defense, class of '92 and '93; Park Gilman Clinic Inc.: Advanced Studies DUI Defense, 1995;
Chosen as "Gate Keeper" attorney for the prestigious "Drunk Driving Defense Network" for San Diego County over other leading San Diego and Los Angeles DUI council.
No other attorney in San Diego County can offer this rich background in years, as well as hands on training with the blood testing instruments, as well as expert training in the most commonly given breath machines.
Mr. Ellis is also a "Consultant to the Editor" (Ed Kuwatch) in his outstanding two volume DUI reference work "California DUI Law" by James Publishing Company, which is consulted by leading DUI attorneys all over California.
Mr. Ellis is the recipient of the much coveted "specialist" designation by the California Deuce Defenders. There are about 135,000 lawyers in California. About 10,000 of them will take your money to represent you in a drunk driving case. Only about 225 of them are serious enough about this area of practice to join the California Deuce Defenders, the only statewide bar association of lawyers who do drunk driving defense. A "regular member" is an attorney who meets the minimum qualifications for membership, with an added interest in staying up on development and networking with other attorneys in his or her field. A "Specialist Member" is one who has met strict requirements for skills and experience certification by the organization. There are only about 30 specialist members. (Associate members are non-attorney professionals with an interest in drunk driving defense.)
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