Continuing Legal Education

Advanced DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

October 6, 2017
8:55 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (breakfast served prior)
6.75 MCLE hours

East Peoria
Holiday Inn & Suites
101 Holiday Street
(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 advanced levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • The legislative updates that may affect your next traffic law case;
  • The recent case studies for breath, blood, and urine cases in Illinois;
  • How to use the statutory summary suspension to strengthen your case;
  • The factors that affect perception-reaction time in collisions;
  • The unique challenges of prosecuting and defending drug-related DUIs;
  • How to effectively cross-examine witnesses who claim to be drug recognition experts; and
  • Much more!

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


NOTE: 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 nominal fee via the registration page.



8:30 – 8:55 a.m.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Alcohol Detection Systems

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Introduction and Opening Remarks
J. Brick Van Der Snick
, Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., St. Charles

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Secretary of State-Related Issues, including MDDP & BAIID, CDL’s DUI Dispositions in Illinois and Out of State
This segment examines the legislative updates pertaining to driver’s license issues, as well as the administrative rules implementing those changes.
Larry A. Davis, The Davis Law Group P.C., Northfield
Ted Harvatin, Harvatin Law Offices, Springfield
Thomas Speedie, Jr., Attorney at Law, Nashville

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Recent Case Studies for Breath, Blood, and Urine Cases in Illinois
This comprehensive overview explores the case study evaluations of defense and prosecution issues in DUI cases involving breath, blood, and urine evidence associated with alcohol and/or drugs.
Ronald E. Henson, Beron Consulting of Illinois, Inc., Peoria

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Sponsored by Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Statutory Summary Suspension Hearings: Shifting the Burden
Get the tactics and strategies you need to use the statutory summary suspension to strengthen your next case.
J. Brick Van Der Snick, Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., St. Charles

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Perception, Reaction, and Timeliness: What Really Matters in Human Factors
How do we apply a “fair” comparison to know if a crash was avoidable, and can we scientifically predict what the majority of drivers would do under the same circumstances? This presentation – which emphasizes not just how a collision occurred, but also why – uses real-world examples to explain the fundamental nature of driver perception and reaction, as well as the factors that truly affect perception-reaction time.
Shawn Gyorke, Crash Data Services LLC, Algonquin

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Pharmacologist vs. DRE: Who is Better Qualified?
With the onset of Drug Recognition Experts and the public’s concern about drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol, more and more arrests are made in the “Prescription Drug Impaired DUI” class. This presentation addresses the unique challenges of prosecuting and defending drug-related DUIs and discusses the validity of using alcohol Standardized Field Sobriety Tests for prescription drugs. Additional topics include: using medical and pharmacy records; complicated toxicology testing and interpretation; pharmacology and pharmacokinetics; common drugs involved in DUI cases; and the deficiencies in Drug Recognition Experts. Several case examples are presented and discussed throughout this segment.
Dr. James T. O’Donnell, Rush University Medical Center, Barrington

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Smart Start

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion on Current DUI/Statutory Summary Suspensions/Traffic Law – Cases and Incorporation of Tom Moran’s Scenarios
This panel discussion explores the recent case law updates through a discussion on the current relevant scenarios.
Moderator: J. Brick Van Der Snick, Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., St. Charles
Thomas M. Moran, Ahern & Moran, Palatine
Hon. Donald M. Tegeler, Kane County Judicial Center, St. Charles
Tracy L. Weaver, Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sullivan

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  Cross-Examination of DRE and Other “Technician”
Learn how to effectively cross-examine police witnesses who claim to be experts in drug recognition. Exposing the weaknesses of the drug recognition protocol and other misapplied police tools (such as SFSTs and ARIDE) can turn a DUI drug case into a not guilty verdict.
Gregory D. Fombelle, Fombelle & Fombelle LLP, Forsyth

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Q&A