How Much DUI Training Should Your Lawyer Have?

To best help drivers accused of DUI, it's important that your Tampa DUI lawyer is completely dedicated to DUI defense, and attends all of the available DUI lawyer training. Dedicated DUI defense involves a substantial investment of time, money, and energy to keep on top of the complex issues involved in DUI defense.

You deserve an attorney who is serious about DUI defense. If the attorney you're speaking with doesn't make a serious and substantial investment in their DUI education every year, they may merely be "dabbling" in DUI defense, or worse yet, they may be a "dump truck" lawyer. Don't trust your case to someone who doesn't take DUI defense seriously.

DUI attorney Elliott Wilcox maintains an extensive library of DUI publications, scientific journals, all of the DUI Field Sobriety Testing Manuals (dating back to the original manuals first published in the 1980's), operating manuals for the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine, and one of the largest libraries of DUI defense materials in the state (even larger than the DUI materials housed at the Stetson Law School, Barry Law School, FAMU Law School, and Cooley Law School libraries, combined!)

In addition to this extensive library of DUI defense materials, Elliott attends ongoing DUI training to ensure that he stays on top of the latest developments in DUI defense.

Here is the list of Elliott Wilcox’s DUI training: 

  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2023)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "Gideon Behind the Wheel II: Defending a DUI Case" (2023)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "ACQUIT: The Rule Out Method of DUI Defense (with David Ball)" (2023)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "Covid-19: Medical Issues and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests" (2022)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "40 Suggestions for Your Next Appeal" (2022)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "I Thought it Was Just Me: Errors & Bias in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests" (2022)

    National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "Arrested or Convicted for DUI: Consequences Beyond the Courtroom" (2023)

    National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity ("Practice Like a Pro") (2022)

    Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2022)

  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Annual Meeting (2022)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • National College for DUI Defense's Winter Session Seminar (2022)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity ("Top Shelf Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques") (2021)

  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2021)
  • National College for DUI Defense's Summer Session Seminar, "DUI Talks: Defense Ideas Worth Spreading" (2021)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2021)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2020)
  • National College for DUI Defense's 25th Anniversary Summer Session Seminar, "Anatomy of a DUI Trial" (2020)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2020)
  • National College for DUI Defense's Seminar, "Cannabis and Cars" (2020)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2019)

  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2019)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2019)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2018)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2018)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2018)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2017)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2017)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2017)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2016)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2016)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2016)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2015)
    (I was one of the keynote speakers at this event)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2015)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2015)
  • National College for DUI Defense's Winter Session (2015)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2014)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2014)
  • Dave Cox's Winning DUI Cases - Cross-Examining the Police Officer (2014)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2014)
  • LawReviewCLE's Dismantling the Drug Recognition Expert (2013) - Instructor
  • LawReviewCLE's Attacking and Defending Blood Test Results (2013) - Instructor
  • National College for DUI Defense's Summer Session at Harvard University (2013)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2013)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2013)
  • Forensic Alcohol Consulting's Intoxilyzer 8000 & Florida Software 8100.27 (2013)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2013)
  • National College for DUI Defense's Winter Session (2012)
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers's DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity (2012)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2012)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2012)
  • Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blood Breath and Tears (2011)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2011)
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2010)
  • Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2009) - Instructor
  • Florida Bar's Masters of DUI (2009)
  • Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's Advanced DUI Program  (2009) - Instructor
  • Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's DUI Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter  (2009) - Instructor
  • Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2008) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2007) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2006) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2005) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2004) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2003) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2002) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2001) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Pre-Trial Motions Practice (2001) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (2000) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (1999) - Instructor
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Pre-Trial Motions Practice (1998)
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's DUI Trial Advocacy School (1997)

In addition to these programs, Elliott has also attended or completed the following sessions on video, webinar, or audio CLE playback:

  • Persuading the Appellate Court, presented by Hon. Roderick Kennedy
  • Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases, by Steve Olberman
  • Chemical Test Discovery, presented by Troy McKinney
  • The Science Behind Breath Test Devices, presented by Tom Workman
  • Introduction to Field Sobriety Testing with Lance Platt
  • Introduction to Gas Chromatography with Dr. Jimmie Valentine
  • Introduction to Uncertainty with Ted Vosk
  • Introduction to Breath Alcohol Testing With Dr. Al Staubus
  • The Cure for Bad Breath, presented by Jim Nesci
  • Ethics Jeopardy: What is the Right Thing to Do?, presented by Bruce Kapsack
  • Winning With Your FST Cross, presented by Denis deVlaming
  • FSTs — Running Through the Drills, presented by Gus McDonald
  • Winning at the Top: “Confronting” the Supremes, presented by Jeff Fisher
  • Closing for the Win, presented by Lisa Wayne
  • Suppressing the Evidence, presented by John Wesley Hall
  • Winning Appellate Arguments, presented by Jeff Fisher
  • Was Your Client Tested on a Broken Machine?, presented by Tom Workman
  • From Voir Dire to Opening - 1st Impressions, Lasting Effects, presented by Denis deVlaming
  • Understanding Gas Chromatography, presented by Jim Nesci & Joe St. Louis
  • Voir Dire of the Expert, presented by Dr. SunWolf
  • Evaluation of Suspected DUI Drug Cases — Breaking Free from the Matrix, presented by Dr. Jennifer Souders
  • Advanced FSTs — For Whom Are They Designed?, presented by Mimi Coffey
  • Bad Science, Bad Tests, Good Cross, presented by Mike Hawkins
  • The Perils of Communicating with the Police, presented by Prof. James Duane
  • Scoring the Winning Touchdown with Your Closing Argument, presented by Les Hulnick & Vic Pellegrino
  • Blood Lab Secrets, presented by Dr. Robert Forrest & Jess Paul
  • The Care & Feeding of Your Expert, presented by Jan Semenoff
  • Legal Writing for Motions and Jury Instructions, presented by George Bianchi
  • Making the Most of Your Opening and Closing, presented by Jonathan Rapping
  • When the Breath Machine Malfunctions, presented by Jan Semenoff
  • The State’s Blood Lab — Inside & Out, presented by Ron Moore
  • Using Voir Dire Techniques to Communicate with the Trier of Fact, presented by Robert Hirschhorn
  • Communicating Your Case Theory to Optimize Success, presented by Jonathan Rapping
  • When Your Armed Service Member is in Trouble — What You Need to Know, presented by Jane L. Siegel
  • Ethics and Client-Centered Representation, presented by Jonathan Rapping
  • Winning at Every Level, presented by Flem Whited
  • The Story You Tell Creates the Verdict You’ll Hear, presented by Dr. Paul Homoly
  • Perfecting Your Appeal, presented by Prof. James Duane
  • Winning Before Trial — The Art of Negotiation, presented by Keith Belzer
  • Blood Tests: The Good and the Bad, presented by Lenny Stamm
  • The DRE 12-Step Evaluation, presented by Tony Palacios
  • Preservation of Error — Persuading the Trier of Fact from Beginning to End, presented by Sherry Boston
  • SFSTs: What it Takes to Make Them Valid, presented by Bill Kirk
  • Using Brady to Your Advantage, presented by Jim Lavine
  • FSTs—Facts and Fallacies, presented by Anthony Palacios
  • Gas Chromatography for Jurors, presented by Suzanne C. Perry BSc, MSc
  • NHTSA’s Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), presented by Anthony Palacios
  • Perfecting Your Cross to Get to Victory Lane: It Takes More Than Just a Bunch of Left Turns, presented by James Nesci
  • Body Shop Secrets: Technological Advances in Collision Reconstruction, presented by Steven M. Schorr
  • Crossing the Finish Line Without a Pit Crew: Succeeding Without an Expert, presented by John T. Kirk
  • DUI Case Law Update, presented by Donald J. Ramsell
  • Preparing for Direct and Cross of Experts, presented by Virginia Landry
  • Summations: Compare & Contrast, presented by John T. Kirk (Montgomery, AL) and Joseph St. Louis
  • Hollywood Squares Ethics, presented by James Nesci

When you choose your DUI attorney, make sure you hire someone who is serious and committed to your defense. The books on their shelves and the CLE hours they attend tell the story... Either they're dedicated to DUI defense, or they're not. You deserve someone who takes DUI defense seriously.

NEXT STEP: Schedule an Appointment to Discuss Your Case

If you’ve been arrested for DUI, no matter how bad the case looks, do NOT plead guilty without talking to a lawyer specializing in DUI defense. It may be possible to get your charges reduced (maybe even dismissed), but you’ll never know unless you talk to a DUI expert.

DUI cases are serious, with penalties harsher penalties than many felony cases. Additionally, the “hidden cost” of DUI insurance can easily easily cost you $30,000, $40,000, even $50,000! (Good news: You can avoid almost all of that if your DUI lawyer gets the DUI dropped or reduced!)

Many of the issues in DUI cases are extremely time sensitive, so you must act quickly.

If you want your best chance of avoiding a DUI, call an experienced Tampa DUI attorney today.

Tampa DUI Attorney Elliott Wilcox has handled thousands of DUI cases. A member of the National College for DUI Defense, a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and a life member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Elliott's practice is dedicated exclusively to helping drivers accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). To talk with Elliott about your available options to continue driving and avoiding a DUI, schedule a phone appointment or call (813) 940-4300 today!

The Wilcox Law Firm
620 East Twiggs Street, Suite 304
Tampa, Florida 33602

Call today to schedule your DUI Defense Strategy Session
You will be okay, and you will get through this... We promise!

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