Continuing Legal Education

DUI and Traffic Law Updates - Spring 2017

April 7, 2017
8:55 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
5.75 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

Hoffman Estates
Northern Illinois University
5555 Trillium Blvd. - Auditorium
(map and directions)


Don’t miss this full-day discussion on the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic and DUI court, new case law, and legislation mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. State’s attorneys, public defenders, and attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • The bipartisan legislation that reduces the severity of marijuana possession in small amounts;
  • How to use social media to benefit your business and serve your clients without breaking any ethical rules;
  • The concealed carry law and how it relates to DUI arrests;
  • Trial and hearing strategies for marijuana-based DUI cases;
  • Traffic law sentencing issues;
  • The differences between LIDAR and RADAR;
  • How to defend basic traffic cases;
  • Illinois blood draw requirements; and
  • Much more!


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
J. Brick Van Der Snick
, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd., St. Charles


NOTE: Beginning in 2017, your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



8:30 a.m.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
Lisa L. Dunn
, Massucci Blomquist Anderson & Dunn, Arlington Heights

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  New Marijuana Law and Case Law Update
Governor Rauner recently signed bipartisan legislation that reduces the severity of possession of small amounts of cannabis and changes its classification from criminal to civil offense, with a maximum fine of $120 per violation. Moreover, the law repealed “zero tolerance” for cannabis-related DUIs in place of a “per se” measurement, similar to alcohol-related DUIs. As one of the drafters of this section of the bill, our speaker provides background information into the reasons why the law changed and what practitioners should focus on when prosecuting and defending under the new statute.
Jeffrey R. Hall, Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC, Peoria

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is a “Twitter” Over Social Media: Why It Is Time for You to Embrace It Too*
Learn more about social media and why you should care about it, as well as how to ethically use it to benefit your business and better serve your clients.
Mark C. Palmer, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Secretary of State-Related Issues, including MDDP & BAIID, CDL’s, and DUI Dispositions in Illinois and Out of State
Don’t miss this panel discussion regarding Illinois Secretary of State-related issues involving MDDP, BAIID, CDLs, and DUI dispositions.
Larry A. Davis, The Davis Law Group, P.C., Northfield
Ted Harvatin, Harvatin Law Offices, Springfield
Thomas Speedie, Jr., Attorney at Law, Nashville

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Collateral Consequences of DUI
Join us for a discussion on concealed carry law as it applies to DUI arrests, as well as the ramifications of being arrested.
Donald J. Ramsell, Ramsell & Associates, LLC, Wheaton

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
Sponsored by Smart Start, Inc.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  DRE / Marijuana / ARIDE
This segment offers trial and hearing strategies for marijuana-based DUI cases, including the scrutiny and cross-examination of police that are trained in either the Drug Evaluation and Classification program or Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training program.
Gregory D. Fombelle, Fombelle & Fombelle LLP, Forsyth

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Sentencing Statutes
This comprehensive overview examines felony traffic laws and traffic law sentencing issues, including but not limited to Driving While License Revoked and DUI.
Jeremy J. Richey, Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sullivan

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Defending Basic Traffic Cases (Attacking Lidar & Radar, Illegal Transportation, Accidents, Etc.)
Do you know the difference between LIDAR and RADAR? Are all legal defenses the same? Come learn how to defend your client against tickets for improper lane usage, speeding tickets, accidents, and the illegal transportation of alcohol, and how to attack a traffic ticket. 
Lisa L. Dunn, Massucci Blomquist Anderson & Dunn, Arlington Heights

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  DUI: Law Enforcement and Blood Draws
Get the information you need on current Illinois blood draw requirements by police and emergency room personnel, as well as deals with Illinois administrative code as related to the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code and Illinois’ current case law.
Adam M. Miller, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd., St. Charles
J. Brick Van Der Snick, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd., St. Charles

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Q&A