The best way to find a good Missouri DUI / DWI / drunk driving lawyer is by reputation. There are a few attorneys who have national reputations; they, of course, are expensive. Thus, the best approach is to ask other attorneys in the jurisdiction: Who is the best in the area? If you do not know any attorneys, go to the local courthouse and ask bailiffs, clerks and public defenders: Who would THEY go to if arrested for drunk driving?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a wise idea to obtain a referral from the local Bar association or referral service. There are rarely any qualifications required for an attorney to be on a referral list; he usually only has to ask to be placed on it. When you call, you are simply given the next name on that list.
An excellent indication of quality and experience is membership in the National College for DUI Defense.
Completion of that organization's intensive three-day annual summer seminar as conducted at Harvard Law School, http://www.ncdd.com/, is another clear sign of expertise.
When you meet with the attorney, make sure of four things:
- He has extensive experience in Missouri DUI / DWI litigation;
- He has a reputation for going to trial in appropriate cases, rather than just "copping out" his clients;
- He has extensive training; and,
- The financial terms of representation are clear.
Mr. Guilfoil has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved 20-hour course in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests and is one of only a few defense attorneys certified as an IACP / NHTSA-certified standardized field sobriety testing instructor in the State of Missouri.
He is a certified Operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machine. He has also completed numerous other courses on both the Intoxilyzer 5000 and Datamaster breath testing machines, which are the two breath testing machines used primarily by the police in Missouri.
He is one of only two Missouri defense attorneys to have completed the 24-hour Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course, which forms the basis of the IACP / NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. He has attended the 2003 and 2006 Summer Sessions of The National College of DUI Defense, presented at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also the 2006-2007 Missouri State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.
He is a published author for the Missouri Bar Association, having authored the “Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer” chapter of their MOBARCLE “black book” series, which is a desk reference manual used by attorneys throughout the State of Missouri in DWI cases.
He has taught numerous courses on DWI and other topics to lawyers, police, and other law enforcement officials in Kansas and Missouri for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Kansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, and Lorman. In March 2006, he presented a lecture to Missouri State Water Patrol in Clay County Circuit Court, Division 6, on proper Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Procedures. He has been quoted in the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly and the St. Louis Daily Record on DWI-related issues.
Mr. Guilfoil is a member and the 2006-2007 Missouri State Delegate of The National College of DUI Defense, The American Association of DUI Trial Lawyers, the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a Missouri affiliate to the internet sites: http://www.drunkdrivingdefense.com/, http://www.dui-dwi.com/, and http://www.dui-help.com/.
Practice Areas: Mr. Guilfoil emphasizes a thorough discovery and pretrial motions practice in DUI/DWI cases; traffic; and criminal law.
Awards: Certificate of Attendance, National College for DUI Defense, presented at Harvard Law School, Summer 2003 & 2006.Certificate of course completion as a Certified Operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Testing Machine. Certificate of Completion of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course. Certificate of Completion as an NHTSA-certified Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. Certificate of Completion of the 24-hour Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course, which forms the basis of the IACP / NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. Certificate of Completion of the BAC Datamaster Course sponsored by Mary McMurray.